James L. Keirstead
James L. Keirstead
A Grant County man turned himself in at the Jefferson County Jail last week after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of impersonating an Indiana State Trooper.

The investigation by ISP Trooper Nate Adams began in February of this year when a man, later identified as James L. Keirstead, 44, Marion, Indiana, caused a disturbance at the Pizza Hut Restaurant at 510 Clifty Drive, Madison. During the disturbance, Keirstead told employees of the restaurant he was a state trooper.

Multiple employees had additional contact with Keirstead in February and March when he complained about service he received at the business. During each of those conversations, Keirstead again identified himself as a state trooper and threatened to charge employees with various offenses. Employees became suspicious of Keirstead and reported him to the ISP-Versailles Post, prompting the investigation.

With the assistance of Trooper Jeremy Perez of the Peru Post, Trooper Adams found Keirstead at a residence in Marion, Indiana, where he was interviewed.

When the investigation concluded, a warrant was issued for Keirstead on a charge of Impersonation of a Public Servant. Keirstead returned to Jefferson County and turned himself in Tuesday, April 9, on the charge.