Beecher City man arrested for meth, vehicle theft in Jefferson County

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 41-year-old Beecher City man is in the Jefferson County Jail following a string of events Monday that started with a call from a woman on Nason Lane telling dispatchers that a strange man was stealing her vehicle.

Michael Nordhaus

She described the man as a white male, at least 6-feet 2-inches tall with a goatee, wearing a gray tank shirt, black pants and no shoes.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael Nordhaus just after 11 a.m. Monday in a field just west of Riddle Road. He reportedly crashed the 2014 GMC Terrain he had allegedly taken around 10:43 a.m. from a home in the 6800 block of North Nason Lane. Nordhaus was reportedly driving his own vehicle when he arrived at the Nason Lane home and left it behind after fleeing in the GMC.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police searched the area for the suspect, but didn’t locate him or the vehicle. Dispatch received a report a short time later of a vehicle matching the description crashing in a field near DuBois and Riddle roads, with the male subject fleeing barefoot across the field.

Nordhaus was ultimately taken into custody for alleged delivery of less than 5-grams of methamphetamine, driving under the influence of drugs, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment before being taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await the formal filing of charges and the setting of bail.