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Man who crashed car while on heroin gets 3 years

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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:26 am

FAIRBANKS — The driver who caused a three-car crash on the Mitchell Expressway after using heroin in March was sentenced to serve a three-year jail term Wednesday afternoon.

As part of a plea agreement, Ryan Everson, 32, pleaded guilty to assault, drugs misconduct, DUI and driving with a suspended driver’s license. The most serious charge he faced, leaving the scene of an accident without assisting the injured, was dismissed. At the time of Everson’s arrest, Fairbanks police said he tried to run away from the scene of the crash and was tackled.

The one man injured in the crash has since moved out of state and is expected to make a full recovery, Assistant District Attorney David Buettner said. He said he was satisfied with Everson’s sentence.

Everson wore a yellow jumpsuit from Fairbanks Correctional Center and a resigned expression at Wednesday’s hearing.

He said that although the man he hurt in the crash was not present he wished he had the opportunity to apologize to him.

“It was a pretty serious incident that happened, and I put a lot of people in danger,” he said to a courtroom that was empty except for lawyers, court staff and the media. “I’m doing what I can to get myself rehabilitated so I can not only be a good person in the community but also be able to get my family back.”

His attorney, Jason Gazewood, said Everson will seek to serve some of his time at the North Star Center Halfway House so he can receive outpatient drug abuse treatment.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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