A Keene resident with a New Jersey warrant on weapons-related charges was arrested Thursday after fleeing from police, according to a news release from the Keene Police Department.
Along with being charged as a fugitive from justice, Justin Rivera, 29, has been charged locally with disobeying an officer and giving false report to law enforcement, as well as possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, reckless driving and operating after license suspension, police said in the news release issued Thursday night. Keene police Sgt. Joel Chidester clarified Friday morning that Rivera is charged with possession of cocaine, but did not specify how much he allegedly had at the time of his arrest.
Rivera also faces “several traffic violations,” according to the release.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a Keene police officer stopped a motor vehicle on Grove Street because it had an expired inspection sticker, Keene police Sgt. Collin Zamore said Thursday night. The vehicle drove away from the scene when the officer got out of her car, Zamore said.
With the officer in pursuit, the vehicle continued into Marlborough but came to a stop after hitting a guardrail on McKinley Circle, according to the news release. At that point, the driver — later identified as Rivera — got out of the vehicle and fled by foot, the release says.
Rivera committed numerous traffic violations during the vehicle pursuit, including speeding and driving in the opposite lane to pass other vehicles multiple times, Zamore said.
He was found on School Street in Marlborough, according to police. Rivera was taken into custody around 3:45 p.m., Chidester said Friday morning.
Police said that Rivera had been driving a rental car and initially gave officers a false name. He was held in Cheshire County jail and is scheduled to appear in Cheshire County Superior Court Friday afternoon.
Assisting Keene police in this incident were N.H. State Police, Marlborough police, Dublin police and the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office. Police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone who saw the incident or who has any additional information to call 357-9813. People can also provide information anonymously at https://ci.keene.nh.us/police/crime-tips.