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      DOT Foods driver charged in ISP trooper's death

      Johnny Felton Jr.

      A Montgomery County Illinois grand jury indicted a DOT Foods driver in the Nov. 26, 2012 crash that killed an Illinois State Trooper.

      Johnny Felton Jr. 52, of Hineville, Ga. was indicted on counts of reckless homicide and driving without a proper license in the death of Kyle Deatherage.

      The crash took place along Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Ill.

      The indictment accuses Felton of driving the semi in a reckless manner and says that he was speeding and had a restriction on his Georgia Commercial Driver's License.

      It also says that he failed to change lanes and reduce speed after seeing the stationary emergency vehicle with activated lights.

      He faces up to 17 years in state prison if convicted on both charges.

      His bond was set at $250,000.

      Felton was taken into custody Tuesday morning in Hinesville, Ga. Felton waived extradition and is being transported from Georgia to Illinois for arraignment on his pending felony charges.

      DOT Foods is based in Mount Sterling, Ill. Felton and the company are also named in a wrongful death lawsuit.