Arkansas man charged with aggravated DUI following I-57 crash

Arkansas man charged with aggravated driving following I-57 crash.

An Arkansas man has been charged Wednesday by Illinois State Police in relation to one of the car accidents that occurred on I-57 Tuesday afternoon.

41-year-old Jess Plunkett, of Arkansas, was charged with two counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of drugs, both class 4 felonies. He was arraigned Wednesday morning with bond set at $200,000.

Illinois State Police said Plunkett admitted to smoking cannabis and snorting crushed pills just hours before the crash occurred. Plunkett was driving a semi-truck around 2 p.m. that rear-ended three vehicles and the trailer of a semi-truck.

One victim of the crash was taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana after suffering a broken vertebrae and required surgery.

A second victim was also treated and released from Carle while a third victim went to the hospital for treatment on her own.

Plunkett can face up to 12 years in jail. His court appearance is set for 3 p.m., Thursday, May 17.

This isn't the first conviction of Plunkett, as the State's Attorney's Office reviewed his criminal history and obtained information that Plunkett was also convicted of a DUI in Joplin, Missouri in 1998.

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