NYS traffic stop catches fugitive

BY ROB ANDERSEN

randersen@timesobserver.com

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Clarendon man on Thursday afternoon, and discovered he was wanted in Erie.

Jeremiah Scott Kay, 6 Anchor St., Clarendon was stopped by sheriff’s deputies for riding a motorcycle without a helmet in the Town of North Harmony.

After a brief investigation, Kay was arrested for not wearing a helmet, improper license plates, driving an uninsured motorcycle, driving an unregistered motorcycle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.

He was arraigned in North Harmony for those charges, and held as a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania. He is currently in the Chautauqua County Prison.

He is wanted in Pennsylvania for violating his parole from a state prison, where he had been sentenced to a minimum of nine months to a maximum of 18 months for three counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of driving while under suspension and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

His conviction stemmed from an Aug. 27, 2012 theft of a 2009 Mercury Milan from a Buchanan Street residence, a 1998 Jeep Wrangler from a Grant Street residence on Aug. 24, an admission of stealing a 2005 GMC Envoy from the Eagles Club parking lot in November 2010, and possession of two small bags of marijuana at the time of his arrest.

After the latest theft, police searched for Kay for two days in and around the east side of Warren, causing a lockdown and delayed dismissal at South Street Early Learning Center.

He was discovered hiding under the Fifth Avenue bridge in the early morning hours of Aug. 29 and charged with violation of probation and the theft of gasoline from the Kwik Fill station near the Warren Mall.

Last month, he was again sentenced to 12 months suspension of driving privileges for driving while under suspension, and fines, costs and restitution for retail theft of the gasoline.

Sherry Tate of the State Parole Office in Harrisburg said on Friday that Kay went delinquent from his parole requirements on April 11. It is the third time he has been on parole, and the third time he was delinquent, she said, adding that Kay will face local charges and penalties in New York before he is returned to Pennsylvania.