CARBON -- A Carbon man is in jail after running from the Clay County Sheriff's Department Friday afternoon.
According to information provided by Deputy James Switzer, Gary McKeehan, 52, refused to pull over his small purple Chevy S-10 truck during a traffic stop shortly after 3 p.m.
When Switzer engaged his lights and siren, McKeehan sped away at a high rate of speed into a driveway, stopping shortly before striking a row of trees.
It was reported that McKeehan ran from the vehicle with a bag of items, which was later determined to have a large sum of cash and a white crystallized substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Once apprehended, McKeehan was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center. He was booked on preliminary charges of one class D felony charge of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a class C felony charge of operating a motor vehicle while privileges are forfeited for life (habitual traffic violator) and a class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.
During a routine background check as part of the booking process, officials discovered McKeehan is currently sentenced to the Vigo County Work Release program for a previous charge of operating a motor vehicle while privileges are forfeited for life.
Jail officials confirmed that McKeehan is incarcerated on a $50,000 cash bond, with no 10 percent allowed, awaiting formal arraignment per the court schedule and a case review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.