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Man sentenced for driving into Ashuelot Post Office

KEENE — The man who drove into the U.S. Post Office in Ashuelot last month pleaded no contest to charges in the 8th Circuit Court District Division on Monday.

Gage B. Gushlaw, 22, pleaded no contest to disobeying an officer, conduct after an accident, driving after license revocation and a subsequent driving while intoxicated offense.

He was sentenced to 97 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections and was given a 51 day pre-trial credit for time served.

Additionally his driver’s license was revoked for three years and any vehicle registered to Gushlaw must be outfitted with an ignition interlock device for 12 months to two years.

The Ashuelot Post Office sustained significant damage on June 8 when Gushlaw drove a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass that is owned by an Ashuelot woman into the building. According to officials, the Post Office will not be reopened until fall. Until then, Ashuelot Post Office box holders’ mail has been diverted to the Winchester Post Office.

Winchester police responded to Keene Road in Winchester the evening of June 8 for a report of a domestic disturbance taking place in a stopped car.

Police arrived to find Gushlaw had been in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, a 24-year-old Keene woman, who had been taken away from the scene by a Winchester resident. Gushlaw then left the scene to follow the car that was taking his girlfriend back to Keene.

Police were still on the scene taking information when Gushlaw sped by the officers on Keene Road, in the direction of downtown Winchester.

Police pursued the Oldsmobile, but lost sight of Gushlaw.

Hinsdale police responded to assist and saw Gushlaw traveling westbound on Route 119 at a high rate of speed.

Gushlaw reportedly lost control of the Oldsmobile and crossed Route 119 and hit a fence. The Oldsmobile continued into the side of the Ashuelot Post Office at 8 Main St.

The Oldsmobile came to a rest halfway outside the far wall of the Post Office building.

After a short foot chase, Gushlaw was apprehended by police and charged with driving after revocation, conduct after an accident, disobeying an officer, reckless driving, aggravated DWI, simple assault, speeding and passing a solid line on the highway.

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