Jeffrey E. Grenlie, 26, Plainfield, was charged in Waupaca County Circuit Court with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
On May 22, a Waupaca woman discovered that her 1997 Chrysler had been taken from her driveway. When she called police, she learned that the car had been impounded because it was involved in a hit-and-run, then abandoned in a driveway. Two men had been seen running from the car after it was left in the driveway.
The woman told police that she had given Grenlie a ride from Bancroft to Waupaca on May 21. She said they had gone to his grandmother’s home to pick up a check, then purchased a 12-pack of beer. Later, she said Grenlie asked if he could borrow her car to pick up a friend in Nelsonville. She said no because he had been drinking, but drove him to pick up the friend.
When the woman woke up that morning, her car was missing.
The incident also led Grenlie being cited for drunken driving, failure to notify police of an accident and hit-and-run.
In a separate case, Grenlie was charged with theft. He is accused of stealing a bicycle and $200 in cash from his grandmother.