UPDATE: Arrest warrant issued for man accused in fatal Peoria County crash

Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 4:43 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - The Peoria County State’s Attorney is charging Jeremy Perry, 43, with multiple felonies in the three-car crash Sunday that killed an Edwards woman, injured her child and two others.

State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos said in a release Tuesday Perry is charged with Class 2 and Class 4 Aggravated DUI felonies as well as Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, another Class 4 felony.

43-year-old Miriam Schmid was pronounced dead after crash Sunday morning at U.S. 150 and Trigger Road near the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. That crash happened sometime after an incident at the Shell Gas Station on North Kickapoo Edwards Road that resulted in a police pursuit of the car Perry is believed to have been driving.

In a previous statement, Peoria County Sheriff’s deputies said they responded to the Kickapoo Shell Gas Station in Edwards just after 10 a.m. Sunday on a call about two people unresponsive in their vehicle at the gas pumps that had possibly overdosed.

When deputies arrived, a woman was being attended to by fire department personnel, when the man fled in the suspect vehicle and according to the sheriff’s office, almost hit three fire department personnel. That is when the suspect, according to the sheriff’s Office, hit a sheriff’s squad car while trying to flee the gas station parking lot. That suspect also allegedly drove towards a deputy that was out of his squad car, causing the deputy to jump out of the way.

The sheriff’s office adds the suspect later drove eastbound on Route 150 and crashed into two vehicles at the intersection of Route 150 and Trigger Road.

Perry, who remains hospitalized after the crash, has a record with charges dating to 1997 that include burglary, DUI, armed and aggravated robbery and other drug charges including producing greater than 50 cannabis plants in 2004. It also appears Perry spend time IDOC in 2011, with his next charge in October 2022 which was unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

State’s Attorney Hoos says the warrant for Perry’s arrest is related to the fact he is still in the hospital. She also says the matter is still under investigation and she expects additional charges will come when the matter goes before the grand jury in February.