RENO — 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 Christiansen 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 Christiansen 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 Kings Beach, California man, suffered a fractured leg and had to have his foot amputated.
Christiansen faces up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing scheduled for June 6.