Motorcyclist runs out of gas after leading police on chase through Pittsfield


PITTSFIELD -- A motorcyclist who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through the city on Wednesday afternoon was arrested after his bike ran out of gas.

Reginald Kee, 24, of Orchard Street in Pittsfield, was one of two people who fled on dirt bikes from police responding to a complaint about 3:15 p.m. in the area of Wellington Avenue and Orchard Street.

One of the riders, while doing "a wheelie," headed straight toward a police cruiser on Wellington Avenue before swerving away at the last moment and turning onto Orchard Street, police said. Police later located the bike, but not the rider, on Second Street.

Kee allegedly drove over a sidewalk at the intersection of Wellington Avenue and Lincoln Street, frightening a woman and child standing nearby, before he was caught near the closed Hess gas station on Tyler Street. He allegedly told police he ran from them because he was scared and only stopped because he had run out of gas.

The bike that was located on Second Street belongs to a Pittsfield resident who was in New York City at the time and hadn't given anyone permission to ride the motorcycle.

Kee, appearing on Wednesday with attorney Julia Allan in Central Berkshire District Court, denied charges of reckless driving, failing to stop for police, and driving without a license.

Judge Robert S. Murphy Jr., released Kee on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 14.

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