The former Airville man who seriously injured his girlfriend when he crashed his pickup while having sex and under the influence of alcohol and marijuana was sentenced to six to 23 months in York County Prison on Wednesday.
William Michael Watson Jr., 26, pleaded guilty in county court in June to aggravated assault with a motor vehicle while driving under the influence.
According to Pennsylvania State Police reports, Watson crashed his Ford F-150 pickup on Route 74 in Peach Bottom Township about 11:50 p.m. Sept. 23, 2009.
Doctors were later forced to amputate the right leg of his passenger, Rebecca Wilhelm of Airville, below the knee after her foot was severed in the crash.
A witness who was the first to encounter the crash and call 911 later told a state trooper he saw Watson crawl through the truck's broken back window with his pants below his knees and saw Wilhelm lying under the overturned truck bed, "naked from the waist down."
A week later at York Hospital, Wilhelm reportedly told troopers she and Watson had been at the American Legion in Edgewood, Md., where Watson was drinking beer, "one right after another." She also told the trooper Watson was driving fast at the time of the crash but did not know the speed.
Watson, whose blood alcohol level was reported at .147 percent, nearly double the level at which a person is considered drunk under state law, also tested positive for the presence of marijuana, police reported. According to those reports, he told the trooper in a follow-up interview that he and Wilhelm were having sex "for a while" prior to the crash.
By RICK LEE
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