Man guilty of driving while high on drugs, crashing into a car on Highway 41

A man who seriously injured two people while driving under the influence of a drug was found guilty in Madera Superior Court on Friday, according to prosecutors.

Donald Edward Anderson was found guilty of driving under the influence of a drug and causing injury; fleeing the scene of an accident; failing to appear in court; and a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.

On Feb. 26, Anderson was driving 55 mph on Highway 41 when he crashed his car into an oncoming vehicle. He fled the scene but was stopped by CHP officers about a mile from the accident.

According to blood tests, Anderson was under the influence of Alprazolam, a controlled sedative, and cocaine.

Due to Anderson’s prior criminal record of two strikes and two DUI convictions, the district attorney said he will be sentenced to 12 years in state prison on Jan. 11.

Chueyee Yang: 559-441-6447, @chueyee15