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Posted by on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 @ 10:10 pm.

Derek “Hootie” Wells

WABASH CO., Ill. – The young Bridgeport drug felon who made a name for himself in Lawrence County outrunning the cops on more than one occasion couldn’t outrun his own bad habits, and now, he’s looking at a lengthy prison stint because of it.

Derek Wells, known locally as “Hootie,” age 33, has been formally charged in the traffic death of Brenda Morehead, which occurred in Wabash County March 5 of this year.

Wells has been charged with Aggravated DUI Causing Death, a Class 2 felony that carries with it a possible sentence of three to 14 years in Illinois Department of Corrections. Since that’s where Wells had been sitting from late 2011 until December 2017, this on a meth felony out of Lawrence, and then went back to IDOC following the wreck that killed Morehead (because he was still on parole when the accident occurred), it’s going to be an interesting excursion.

Right now, Wells is reported to be in custody in Wabash County, held on a $500,000 bail ($50,000 cash bond). The charge was formally filed on August 29, but not made available to the public until today (Tuesday, September 10). The reason for the delay was likely because it took that long for the state lab to figure out whatever substance it was that Hootie was on when he drove the Atkins Sanitation truck he was operating through a stop sign and onto Illinois Highway 15 west of Mt. Carmel, striking Morehead’s vehicle as she was traveling west on 15. The impact claimed Mrs. Morehead’s life. Hootie told authorities that he “fell asleep.” Apparently, the blood tests showed otherwise. There has been no indication of what, exactly, the substance allegedly was.

He was sent back to IDOC on the parole violation and waited there until the tox came back. It apparently did in late August, and the charge was filed.

Wells is set for a prelim in the case on Sept. 30 in Wabash County. There is no indication of who his defense attorney might be. For a list of Well’s antics in Lawrence, hit this link, and be watching here for developments in the case.

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