A Santa Fe man is behind bars following his second reported motorcycle theft this month. New Mexico State Police finally caught up with Jay Wagers after a short pursuit, in which he appeared to be taunting the officers.
A motorcycle theft suspect waved at State Police as he refused officers’ commands to pull over, then took off. State Police was on the lookout for a stolen motorcycle heading south on I-25 between Santa Fe and Las Vegas nearly two weeks ago.
An officer eventually spotted the motorcycle and the driver, 23-year-old Jay Wagers. When the first attempt to stop Wagers did not work, Wagers led two officers on a two-mile chase on the interstate. State Police say they called off the chase because it became too dangerous.
Police say Wagers took the stolen motorcycle to a Santa Fe country club where he claimed to be the grandson of a member, then dined and dashed. Wagers was eventually caught a few days later.
Records show he has an affinity for motorcycles. Police say it was just two weeks before the chase that he was pulled over on a yellow motorcycle that had been reported stolen that day.
According to court records, Wagers has been arrested seven times in the past for resisting and evading an officer.