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Motor Vehicle Pursuit Resulting in Crash
ROXBURY, New Hampshire – On November 25, 2023, at approximately 9:12 p.m., Trooper Troy Couillard of the New Hampshire State Police Troop C Barracks was on patrol, conducting stationary radar speed enforcement in the town of Sullivan on Route 9. At that time, Trooper Couillard observed a motor vehicle traveling westbound at a high rate of speed. Trooper Couillard attempted to stop the vehicle, but the operator refused and a pursuit was initiated. Immediately upon initiating the pursuit, the vehicle reached speeds of nearly 90 MPH, accelerating away from the trooper. Moments later, the trooper located the vehicle on Route 9 with heavy damage. It was discovered that the vehicle had struck a utility pole.
As Trooper Couillard arrived at the crash scene, he observed two subjects flee the area on foot in the direction of a nearby river and into a heavily wooded area. Numerous troopers as well as officers from the Keene Police Department arrived on scene within minutes. Resources were deployed in attempts to locate both occupants of the vehicle.
During the search, the passenger of the vehicle emerged from the woods with minor injuries and was transported to Cheshire Medical Center to be treated. At approximately 3:30 a.m., a trooper still on scene located a male subject walking down Route 9 in the area of Granite Gorge. The trooper quickly identified as the operator of the vehicle and he was taken into custody. The subject was identified as:
GELIN was found to have two full extradition warrants out of New York City, NY Police Department and Springfield, MA Police Departments. GELIN was transported by ambulance to Cheshire Medical Center for precautionary reasons due to exposure to the elements. GELIN was subsequently discharged from the hospital and transported to the Cheshire County House of Corrections to await arraignment in Keene District Court on the following charges:
Disobeying an Officer
Conduct After an Accident
Operating After Suspension
Fugitive From Justice
Additional charges are expected pending further investigation. GELIN was held without bail and will be arraigned in Keene District Court on November 27, 2023. Route 9 in the area of the crash was closed for several hours while utility companies repaired damage to the pole. Troopers on scene were assisted by the Keene Police Department and Keene Fire Department. Any questions regarding this incident please contact Trooper Troy Couillard at (603) 227-2162 or Troy.J.Couillard@dos.nh.gov.