Sep­tem­ber 16, 2020


Texas Man charged with Aggra­vat­ed Reck­less Dri­ving and Reck­less Conduct

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Daniel Klinge­mann announced today that Derek M. Adams (DOB: 8/28/1969) of Hous­ton, Texas has been charged with one (1) count of Aggra­vat­ed Reck­less Dri­ving (Class 4 Felony) and one (1) count of Reck­less Con­duct (Class 4 Felony).  Adams is charged after an exten­sive inves­ti­ga­tion by Illi­nois State Police fol­low­ing a vehi­cle acci­dent on the off ramp of Inter­state 57 and State Route 146, Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois in August of 2018. Adams, while dri­ving a com­mer­cial motor vehi­cle, failed to stop at a stop sign crash­ing into a pas­sen­ger car in which one (1) adult and two (2) chil­dren were injured. One (1) of the chil­dren received life threat­en­ing injuries result­ing in per­ma­nent disability.

The mat­ter has been set for a First Appear­ance on Tues­day, Novem­ber 17, 2020, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house in Jonesboro.


The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.


Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing photographs.