Illinois woman arrested after stolen truck spotted in Edinburgh

An Illinois woman was arrested Thursday as part of an investigation into a stolen vehicle.

Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess says that deputies responded to the 6600 block of East County Road 650S in Edinburgh. During the time of the call , police were in the area searching for a suspicious female. The female was believed to have fled earlier in the day from the Hilltop Motel while a warrant was being served on another individual from the county’s “Drug Round-Up” operation.

Authorities located the stolen pickup near the intersection of State Road 44 and Sugar Creek Road. A deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, only for the pickup to speed away, driving the wrong way and passing three vehicles. The vehicle pulled over about a quarter-mile down the road.

The driver, 34-year-old Michelle T. Wess, of Quincy, IL, was arrested for Auto Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement Using a Vehicle, Possession of Injection Device and Possession of under 30 Grams of Marijuana. Wess was also wanted on a warrant out of Marion County for Auto Theft, Possession of a Narcotic and Possession of Paraphernalia.