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Sparta man killed in crash with combine was nearly 3 times the DUI limit

A Sparta driver who died when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with a farm combine in Washington County was under the influence of alcohol, according to a toxicology report.

Clarence A. “Tex” Loucks Sr., 60, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.229 percent when he died, according to a toxicology report released Wednesday. That is just under three times the 0.08 percent threshold for a drunken-driving citation in Illinois.

The crash happened Oct. 18 on County Highway 16 near Oakdale.

As the car and combine collided, the corn head of the combine struck Loucks on the head as it went through the car, Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger said at the time of the accident.

The combine was driven by a woman from Nashville, whose identity has not been released.

The investigation was completed at the scene of the accident the night it happened, according to Washington County Chief Deputy John Kennedy.

Kennedy said Thursday that no charges are pending in connection with the crash.

Family members said Loucks worked at Nascote Industries in Nashville and enjoyed playing poker and washers. His survivors include two sons who are serving in the military, according to family members.