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Man wanted on local warrants caught after Indiana car accident

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By The Staff

MOUNT WASHINGTON - A Bullitt County man wanted on several warrants is currently being held in the Harrison County, Ind., jail.

Jeffery S. Kelien, 42, was arrested Tuesday after a high-speed chase in southern Indiana.

According to Det. Mike Cook of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, Kelien was wanted in Bullitt County on charges of burglary and criminal intent to commit theft by unlawful taking over $300.

In late December, Cook said Kelien was allegedly looking around on property off Deerwood Road off Bardstown Road near Mount Washington.

Not knowing someone was at the home, Cook said Kelien tried to get inside the home but the occupant called his father, who quickly arrived at the home.

After a verbal confrontation, Cook said Kelien left the property.

Upon inspection, Cook said it was apparent that the suspect attempted to remove a four-wheeler from the garbage.

With a good description of the man, the property owner was able to pick Kelien out of a photo lineup.

While the warrants were outstanding, Kelien allegedly stole a Pontiac Grand Prix in Taylorsville and then drove to New Salisbury, Ind., where he allegedly broke into a home.

That led to a police chase, which ended when Kelien's car collided with a pickup truck in Floyd County.

Cook said Kelien was taken to the Harrison County Jail after being treated at Floyd Memorial Hospital. Bond was set at $20,000.

Spencer County has charges for Kelien and Cook said Bullitt County has a hold on the suspect when he is released from Indiana.