Bluford man facing trial in 2012 fatal DUI facing new charges in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY — A 23-year-old Bluford man is in the Wayne County Jail following a Monday arrest on multiple charges including possession of synthetic drugs.

Robert Tyler Hayes was arrested after a traffic stop reportedly resulted in Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies seizing PVP – a synthetic drug also known as bath salts — nearly $6,700 in cash, multiple prepaid debit cards, drug pipes, scales and surveillance cameras.

Hayes was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended.

His 2008 Nissan was also seized as evidence in the case. He remains in the Wayne County Jail awaiting the formal filing of charges and the setting of bail.

Hayes is currently scheduled for a November 15 jury trial in Jefferson County Court on charges related to a fatal 2012 DUI crash in Jefferson County.

Hayes was 19-years-old when on October 2, 2012, Illinois State Police say he was speeding through an Interstate 64 rest area east of Mt. Vernon, sped past a row of parked semis, jumped a curb, and crashed into a tree.

Two passengers in Hayes’ vehicle, 24-year-old Holly Fenton, of Bluford, and 20-year-old Cody Bidabe, of Fairfield were killed. Hayes and two other passengers were injured.

Hayes is charged in Jefferson County with one count misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs and two Class 2 felony counts of aggravated DUI resulting in death for the Oct. 2012 fatal crash.

However, while free on bond in the case, Hayes reportedly fled last March to Florida, where a joint fugitive apprehension task force that was made up of local law enforcement and U.S. Marshals apprehended him last August.