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Associated Press, Published August 09 2013

Man who crashed into party bus gets 4-year term

BISMARCK — A Virginia man has been sentenced to four years in prison for driving drunk and crashing into a party bus in North Dakota, injuring more than a dozen people.

James Warner Jr. was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, and driving under the influence and with a revoked license. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/13oyZps ) prosecutors dropped charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and failure to register as a sex offender.

Authorities say Warner was driving drunk on Highway 1806 south of Mandan on May 4 when his pickup truck drifted into the wrong lane and collided head-on with a party bus carrying 24 people. Seventeen people were taken to Bismarck hospitals to be treated for injuries.

The pickup belonged to a farmer who had fired Warner.