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Pursuit leads to meth arrest

Friday, August 15, 2008

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.

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And it just keeps on getting better...

Thanks Deputy Switzer!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 4:38 AM

Way to go Switzer!

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 8:21 AM

You need a well deserved pat on the back, Officer Switzer! Good Job!!!

-- Posted by LindaGleason on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 10:55 AM

Deputy Switzer is the man! Great Job Clay County Sheriffs Department you guys are the best in the state. TOP OF THE LINE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 12:18 PM

Clay County residents should take notice of the amount of pro-active patrol and enforcement from law enforcement which is taking place. Way to go Sheriff Heaton and crew for another job well done:)

-- Posted by flycatcher on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 9:27 PM

Good job Switzer, keep up the good work.

-- Posted by SIKOFIT on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 11:35 PM

Clay County continues it's downward drug infested spiral.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Mon, Aug 18, 2008, at 6:49 PM

they should patrol the 14000 north area more often too...lots of funny stuff going on around there late at night.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Mon, Aug 25, 2008, at 10:55 AM

Great Job Clay County Sheriffs Department expecially you Deputy Switzer Keep up with the good work

-- Posted by tylera1989 on Tue, Aug 26, 2008, at 11:13 AM

14000 do you mean 1400? 14000 is not a road in clay county

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Aug 28, 2008, at 1:44 AM

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