EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that a Terre Haute man has been arrested after allegedly stealing a pickup truck.
At approximately 10:58 a.m. on Tuesday, authorities were alerted to a suspicious vehicle parked in a rural driveway a mile east of Effingham, with the driver appearing intoxicated and honking the horn, asking for gas from a homeowner who replied that none was available. The vehicle then left the residence.
An hour later, sheriffs were called by a woman saying she had arrived home at a residence not far from the initial call and saw a Black man driving her maroon 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup. She followed the pickup in her other vehicle and alerted authorities.
The suspect eventually abandoned the vehicle in a wooded area near Little Salt Creek. Deputies arrived a few moments later.
With the assistance of the Illinois State Police and the Effingham City Police, the Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter of about four square miles around the abandoned truck, due to the rugged terrain.
At approximately 2:13 p.m., a local farmer called authorities and reported a Black man walking along a field edge a quarter mile north of the State Police blacktop. Several units responded and the subject was taken into custody without incident by two ISP Troopers more than two miles away from the abandoned stolen pickup.
Arrested was Michael L. Griffie, 49, of Terre Haute. Griffie was in possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, a loaded Glock .40 pistol and a loaded JMZ .380 pistol.