KEENE — A Keene man already charged with stealing a car was arrested again after leading officers on a high-speed chase through Keene and into Swanzey, according to police.
Police say Brian Gay, 36, 139 Carroll St., had what looked to be a used crack pipe in a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu he took from an Elm Street woman’s driveway. Gay reportedly stole the car on the night of March 8, and was spotted driving on Base Hill Road the next day, according to the affidavit filed in Cheshire County Superior Court.
Gay led Officer Timothy Richmond on a chase from Base Hill Road into Swanzey, up Route 10 and back into Keene, according to Richmond’s affidavit. Gay drove more than 80 mph during portions of the chase before he pulled into a driveway, back on Base Hill Road, and was arrested, Richmond wrote.
Gay was already due in court on Monday to face charges in a March 2 car theft case, according to court records. A 2004 Ford Ranger was stolen from a bank parking lot on West Street on the night of March 1, according to Keene police officer Kyle Macie’s report.
Police caught up with the truck a few hours later while it was being driven by Gay on Washington Street near Route 9, Macie wrote.
Macie spotted the truck Water Street as it headed toward Roxbury and Route 101, according to the affidavit. Macie followed the truck and activated his blue lights while other officers were setting up to intercept the truck when it got to Route 101, according to the affidavit. Gay reported pulled over and was taken into custody.
Gay faces charges of theft by unauthorized taking, receiving stolen property, contempt, and disobeying a police officer. Gay was charged in October in a theft case, and had his driver’s license suspended at the time.
Gay is currently being held without bail in the Cheshire County House of Corrections.