West Frankfort Man Faces Prison Time For Causing Fatal Wreck


By WSIL Manager

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A West Frankfort man man faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting in court that he was driving impaired when he caused a 2012 wreck that killed a highway construction worker.

36-year-old Michael Jeter pleaded guilty Monday in St. Clair County to four counts of aggravated driving under the influence.

Michael Jeter

Courtesy: Belleville News-Democrat

Authorities have said Jeter was on the sleep aid Ambien and an antihistamine at the time of the May 2012 wreck on Interstate 64.

Authorities say the crash killed 38-year-old contract worker Dennis Beard of Pocahontas and injured three others who were waiting in the median to paint stripes on the freeway.

Jeter's sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 4.

A criminal complaint filed several days following the wreck said Jeter was under the influence of diphenhydramine (anti-histamine), Meprobamate (sedative), and Zolpidem (Ambien).

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