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Marion man charged with impersonating trooper

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

MADISON, Ind. -- A Marion man has been arrested in Jefferson County on charges that he impersonated a state trooper earlier this year.

Authorities said James L. Keirstead, 44, told employees of a Madison, Indiana Pizza Hut that he was an Indiana State Police (ISP) trooper and threatened to charge them with various offenses while complaining about the service of the restaurant. 

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles of ISP Versailles District said Keirstead caused a disturbance at the Pizza Hut at 510 Clifty Drive, Madison, in February and then continued to contact employees later in February and then March to complain about service at the restaurant. In those conversations he identified himself as an ISP trooper and threatened charges, according to Wheeles.

“Employees became suspicious of Keirstead and reported him to the ISP Versailles Post, prompting the investigation,” Wheeles said.

Keirstead turned himself in at the Jefferson County Jail in Madison on Tuesday, where he was being held on a charge of impersonation of a public servant.

The investigation was conducted by ISP Trooper Nate Adams, who was assisted by Trooper Jeremy Perez of the Peru Post.