Car driver faces felony charges for October crash (Video included)

A man, who allegedly was high on methamphetamine, was indicted this week on two counts of aggravated vehicular assault for causing an Oct. 10 crash.

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A screen capture from an onboard bus video system shows a moment before James Johnson drove into the path of an Urbana City Schools bus Oct. 10.


James A. Johnson, 38, of Urbana, also was charged with two counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, failure to control and driving under suspension.

He was one of 30 people indicted by a Logan County grand jury this week.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash which was a head-on with Johnson’s car and an Urbana City Schools bus. They suspected from the onset that Johnson was under the influence of drugs.

Johnson was southbound on U.S. Route 68 near Township Road 190 about 1:50 p.m. when his car traveled left of center into the northbound lane. It collided with the bus driven by David L. Deskins, 68, of Urbana, who attempted to avoid the impact by driving into the southbound lane.

The impact sent the bus off the left side of the road into a concrete stone post.

Deskins was wearing his seat belt and did not report any injuries. Brooke N. Perry, 40, of Urbana, was an aide on the bus that was empty of students. She was transported by Macochee squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.

Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart released a video recording from the school bus showing the crash impact.