2017-04-12 / Front Page

Man arrested after police pursuit held on $100K bail

By ALLAN STEIN
Eagle Times correspondent

Wayne Keough, 39, and public defender Erik Braghirol at Windsor County District Court in White River Junction for Keough's arraignment Tuesday, April 11 on charges stemming from a multi-state police chase on Monday. — ALLAN STEINWayne Keough, 39, and public defender Erik Braghirol at Windsor County District Court in White River Junction for Keough's arraignment Tuesday, April 11 on charges stemming from a multi-state police chase on Monday. — ALLAN STEINWHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Windsor man wanted for escape while on furlough has been ordered to remain in the county lockup on charges that he led police on a high-speed chase through two states while under the influence of alcohol.


Wayne B. Keough, 39, pleaded not guilty in Windsor County District Court in White River Junction on Tuesday to charges of eluding law enforcement-negligent operation, driving under the influence as a third or subsequent offense, test refusal, resisting arrest as a second or subsequent offense, and vehicle operation with license suspended for DUI.


Judge Theresa DiMauro set bail at $100,000 after she deemed Keough a flight risk based on his criminal record.


“Mr. Keough is without question a risk of flight,” DiMauro said.


Keough, draped in a white blanket, entered the courtroom escorted by two Vermont State Police Troopers in heavy protective gear.


The defendant appeared groggy and at times confused, yawning loudly when the judge reviewed the conditions of his release should he post bail.

Representing Keough in court on Tuesday was public defender Erik Braghirol. The judge appointed Michael Shane as Keough’s official public defender.


Windsor County Attorney Glenn Barnes said that on March 9 Keough reportedly failed to return from furlough to a Windsor County facility where he was being held on a prior conviction.


Keough remained at large for nearly a month when he was spotted by police in Claremont operating a red 1999 Jeep Cherokee. Police learned Keough had an active warrant out of Vermont.


According to Vermont State Police, Keough fled in the vehicle in an attempt to elude police while approaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour before heading west into Weathersfield and south on Interstate 91 to Springfield.


Springfield police said the driver, later identified as Keough, refused to stop the vehicle even when it struck the guardrail near the intersection of Route 11 and South Street.


Police said Keough allegedly got out of the vehicle and approached them in an “aggressive manner.” An officer deployed his taser, striking Keough in the lower abdomen.


When Keough continued to fight a second taser was deployed but also had no effect on him. Eventually, police were able to wrestle Keough into compliance, police said.


Keough​ ​is​ ​considered​ ​a​ ​person​ ​of​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​a​n armed ​carjacking​ ​reported​ ​Friday​ ​night​ ​at​ ​Walmart​ ​in Claremont,​ ​Barnes​ ​said.

In​​ ​​that​​ ​​incident,​​ ​​police​​ ​​said​​ ​​a​​ ​​man​​ ​​threatened​ ​​a​​ ​​Walmart​​ ​​employee​​ ​​with​ ​a​ ​knife,​​ ​​took​ ​the​​ ​​keys​​ ​​and​​ ​​drove​​ ​​away​​ ​​in​​ ​​the​ employee’s​ ​​vehicle, which has been recovered.


Barnes said Keough has 21 probation violations on his record including two charges for escape from custody, while a third case is pending. Keough also has five convictions for assault and eight charges for failure to appear in court.


The prosecutor said given Keough’s long criminal record, bail should be set at $100,000 as the “appropriate amount.”











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