Nevada state snow plow driver convicted of DUI in wreck

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ABINGTON, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 17: A snow plough makes at way south on the M74 following motorist spending the night stranded on the motorway on January 17, 2018 in Abington, Scotland. Mountain rescue teams spent the night helping drivers following heavy snowfall in the Dumfries and Galloway region. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A Nevada man has been convicted of driving under the influence in connection with an accident involving a snow plow and a pickup truck on the Mount Rose Highway.

Prosecutors say 44-year-old Eric Christianson was high on methamphetamine when he was operating a state-owned snow plow on State Route 431 last year and crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a pickup truck.

The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said Monday a jury found Christianson guilty last week of driving under the influence of a controlled substance causing substantial bodily harm. The driver of the pickup truck, a 62-year-old California man, suffered a fractured leg and had to have his foot amputated.

Christianson faces up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing scheduled for June 6.

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