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POLICE: Man went on wild ride in stolen truck, crashed into store, vandalized historic firehouse

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Police say 39-year-old Aaron Keown vandalized a historic firehouse in Jeffersonville early on May 19, then crashed into a gas station and two police cruisers before being taken into custody. Police say 39-year-old Aaron Keown vandalized a historic firehouse in Jeffersonville early on May 19, then crashed into a gas station and two police cruisers before being taken into custody.
Workers at the Sav-A-Step in Floyds Knobs spent Thursday morning cleaning up after a stolen pickup truck came crashing through the front door. Workers at the Sav-A-Step in Floyds Knobs spent Thursday morning cleaning up after a stolen pickup truck came crashing through the front door.
A vandal smashed windows at a historic firehouse in Jeffersonville. A vandal smashed windows at a historic firehouse in Jeffersonville.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A man accused of driving a stolen pickup truck into a gas station in Floyds Knobs early Thursday is now suspected of vandalizing a historic firehouse in Jeffersonville, authorities said. 

Police arrested 39-year-old Aaron Keown early Thursday after he allegedly crashed a stolen Ford F-250 pickup truck into a Sav-A-Step gas station on Scottsville Road in Floyd County shortly before 5:30 a.m.

"I heard this big boom, and I come out here and the truck had hit the front door, knocking glass all the way through the store," said Crystal Linne, manager at the Sav-A-Step in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. "And then, I watched him back up real quick and he took off down Scottsville Road. And that's when I called police." 

A Floyd County police officer spotted a truck driving crazily, but did not know half the story. The truck was stolen from a Jeffersonville Thornton's, had crashed into two cars on I-265 before ramming into the Sav-A-Step.

"What is bizarre is the sequence of events happened so quickly, each police department didn't have time to tell each other about it," said Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop.

Loop says the officer chased the driver at high speeds for nine miles.

"Sometime during that pursuit, the driver put that truck in reverse and rammed our police car and subsequently, later on in the pursuit, he rammed a state police car that was there to try to help," said Loop.

That is when the chase ended in Starlight, Indiana, and police took 39-year old Aaron Keown into custody.

Afterwards, different departments across southern Indiana had a chance to talk and put the pieces of the puzzle together. Loop says investigators are looking at Keown for the damage at the Jeffersonville Fire Department's union hall at the corner of 11th and Mechanic Streets. Overnight, windows were bashed, cabinets ruined, drywall left with holes, TV's were broken and an American Flag was burned.

"It looks like there was a lot of rage in the building, I don't think it was personal -- I think it was just an unstable person up to no good," said Joe Hurt, union president. 

Police say they are trying to figure out why Keown went on such a wild spree.

"At first I thought he was maybe either drunk or on something," said Linne. 

"He talked out of his head," said Loop, "so we want to make sure there's not some mental illness, or that there was drugs or alcohol involved." 

Police say Keown was taken to the hospital for a variety of tests, and that they are waiting on blood results to determine if anything was in his system. The officers involved in the crashes had minor injuries and will be okay.

Jeffersonville Police spokesman Det. Todd Hollis said the department is still working on pursuing an auto theft charge against Keown and still working on other charges against the vandalism suspect. Hollis did not identify Keown in connection with the union hall incident.

Keown is out of the hospital and in the Floyd County jail. As of the time of this writing, he is charged with three counts of criminal recklessness (a level 6 felony), resisting law enforcement (a level 6 felony), reckless driving (a class B misdemeanor) and battery on police (a level 6 felony).

He currently has no bond. He is expected to appear in court on Friday. 

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