SALEM, N.H. — Amaysa Selcuk, 45, of Haverhill, was arrested three times Sunday. The third time landed him in the county jail.
It was allegedly reckless driving that resulted in his arrest, but it was his propensity for jogging in the middle of the road that first drew police attention to Selcuk.
Windham and Salem police had been receiving complaints for the last couple of weeks about a man jogging down the middle of the road on busy streets. In Salem, the complaints came from School, Main and Lake streets, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said, but officers were never able to locate anyone.
But Windham police were quite familiar with Selcuk, according to Windham police Capt. Mike Caron.
"We've been receiving complaints for the last week or so," Caron said yesterday. "He has a habit of jogging down the middle of the road on the yellow lines."
Selcuk had been warned last week and asked not to jog in Windham anymore, Caron said, but the reports started coming in again Sunday morning.
At about 10 a.m., callers reported a man jogging down the middle of North Lowell Road.
The same officer who had warned him against the practice days earlier responded and charged Selcuk with disorderly conduct. He was released on a "must-appear" summons, Caron said.
Then, about an hour later, Windham police received another call about a man jogging down the yellow line on North Lowell Road. The same officer responded, encountered Selcuk again and this time took him into custody, again on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Selcuk was released again, this time on personal recognizance and with some bail conditions, Caron said.
"Basically, you're told to be on good behavior, not get arrested again," Caron said.
Before Selcuk was released, police asked him why he jogs down the middle of the road.