After a three-week trial, Donald Edward Anderson, 62, of Fresno, was found guilty on Dec. 11 of a felony charge of Vehicle Code Section 23153(f), driving while under the influence of a drug and causing injury.
He was also found guilty of a felony charge of Vehicle Code Section 20001(a), fleeing the scene of an accident, as well as a felony count of failing to appear in court, and a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.
Anderson was arrested on Feb. 26, after he crashed his vehicle into an on-coming vehicle at a speed of approximately 55 mph on Highway 41. The accident caused serious injury to two of the passengers in the other car.
Anderson fled the scene and was later apprehended by CHP officers approximately one mile from the accident.
A blood test showed Anderson to be under the influence of Alprazolam (Xanax) and cocaine. Due to his prior criminal record that includes two strikes, and also two prior DUI convictions, Anderson is facing in excess of 12 in state prison.
Anderson is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 11, 2018, in Department 22, of the Madera Superior Court.