GONZALES — A Denham Springs man has been arrested six years after he drove a car off a dealership’s lot in Gonzales without paying for it and couldn’t be found, said Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Maj. Kevin Hanna.
Kelly Wallin, 45, 23822 Rosemont St., Denham Springs, was entered into the National Crime Database as a fugitive from Ascension Parish six years ago, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
In November 2008, deputies were called to the Ralph Seller’s Dodge dealership in Gonzales in response to a complaint that Wallin, then known as a used car dealer in Baton Rouge, had made a deal with the Dodge manager to return with a check for a 2005 Chrysler 300 that Wallin then drove away in.
Wallin had made such arrangements in the past but on this occasion never returned with the check, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Wallin and learned his used car dealership had closed. They later learned, through an alert from the Office of Motor Vehicles, that Wallin had sold the car to a person in Baton Rouge, who had attempted to get a license plate.
Last month, Wallin was booked in a neighboring parish on counts of issuing worthless checks and also was arrested as a fugitive from Ascension Parish, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Wallin was booked Tuesday into Ascension Parish Jail on a count of unauthorized use of a movable. His bail was set at $10,000.