Sparta man’s BAC nearly 3-times limit in fatal crash with combine

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A 60-year-old Sparta man who was killed in a head-on collision with a farm combine in Washington County was under the influence of alcohol, according to a toxicology report.

Clarence A. “Tex” Loucks Sr., reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.229 percent when he died October 18 on County Highway 16 near Oakdale. That is just under three times the 0.08 percent threshold for a drunken-driving citation in Illinois.

Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger reported that as the car and combine collided, the corn head of the combine struck Loucks on the head as it went through the car.