Rural Waterloo man charged with DUI, meth possession

James D. Weis Jr.

A rural Waterloo man was charged Monday with drinking and drug-related felonies stemming from a June injury crash in St. Clair County.

The crash occurred June 5 at the intersection of Floraville Road and Upper Saxtown Road near Millstadt, and both drivers sustained injuries requiring hospitalization, according to a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Following an investigation into the crash that remained active pending lab results, police on Monday went to 2947 Ranch Trail Road in rural Waterloo in an attempt to locate one of the drivers in the crash, James D. Weis Jr., 31, of Waterloo. Weis was arrested and taken into custody at that time for felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol for his role in the crash, police said.

Weis was transported to the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville and upon a search as part of the booking process, found him to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was subsequently charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

Bond was set at $100,000 on the aggravated DUI charge and $60,000 on the meth charge. He is currently in the custody of the St. Clair County Jail, police said.

The other driver involved in the June crash, whose name was not made available, has since been released from the hospital and is still recovering from his injuries.

In May 2003, Weis was the driver of a truck that crashed into an occupied older brick home on Metter Avenue in Columbia, which resulted in the death of Waterloo siblings Cara and Nick Garner, who were passengers in the truck. He entered a plea of guilty to reckless homicide in that case.

Police said then that alcohol had played a role in the crash.

Weis received a six-year prison sentence for the 2003 crash, but was released in December 2006, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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