St. Joseph man now faces drug charges in I-74 wreck

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St. Joseph man now faces drug charges in I-74 wreck

URBANA — A St. Joseph man involved in a crash on Interstate 74 early Monday has been charged with drug-related offenses.

Clayton Holzinger, 20, was arraigned Tuesday on three felony counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, as well as a single misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs.

An Illinois State trooper's report said about 7:40 a.m. Monday, troopers found a car on its side in the center median of I-74 between the University Avenue exit in Urbana and St. Joseph.

They learned that Holzinger was driving the car east at a high speed when he left the road, entered the left ditch and lost control as he tried to get back on the highway.

He then came across the eastbound lanes and hit the driver's side of another eastbound car. Holzinger's car then entered the median again and overturned, hitting several cable wires as it skidded to rest.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries then arrested. The driver of the car he hit was not hurt.

Troopers said Holzinger and his car smelled of cannabis and he showed signs of impairment, including slurred speech. He admitted to police that he had been smoking cannabis since about 6 a.m.

A search of Holzinger and his car turned up 60 pills of a prescription tranquilizer and various other painkillers and stimulants.

Holzinger was released from jail after posting 10 percent of the $15,000 bond that Judge John Kennedy set. Kennedy told Holzinger to be back in court Dec. 28.

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