ISP: Driver who caused I-57 crash snorted pills


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign County State's Attorney has filed charges against the driver who sent three people to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. 

Jess C. Plunkett of Paragould Arkansas is charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs. 

Illinois State Police say Plunkett was driving his semi truck on Interstate 57 northbound, near milepost 218 around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, when he rear ended three passenger vehicles and the trailer of another truck. 

One of the victims in the crash was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital and underwent surgery for a broken vertebrae. A second victim was treated and released from Carle. A third person went to the hospital for treatment on her own. 

Plunkett was interviewed by ISP officers. During the interview he admitted to smoking cannabis and snorting crushed pills in Memphis prior to the crash. A chemical test was done, but test results are not yet back. 

The State's Attorney reviewed the case and Plunkett's criminal history and found that he was convicted of DUI in Joplin Missouri in 1998. If Plunkett is convicted of the charges in this case he could face up to 12 years behind bars. 

Plunkett's next court appearance is May 17 in Champaign County. 

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