Man Faces Charges Following Wednesday Crash on IL 149 near West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT – A West Frankfort man is facing charges involving a crash in Franklin County Wednesday afternoon.

Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says just before 4, deputies responded to the crash on Illinois 149 just east of the Big Muddy River bridge near Parrish Circle near West Frankfort.

Deputies learned that 41-year-old Chad H. Barnett was driving his pickup truck east and crossed into the west bound lane striking another car head on driven by 76-year-old Rena J. Berquez of Zeigler.

Berquez was trapped inside the vehicle and was extracated by West Frankfort firefighters who had also responded. Berquez was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with major injuries.

Barnett fled the scene on foot and was caught after a brief manhunt. He was not injured and has been tentatively charged with felony DUI and felony leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.