Man found guilty after weeklong DUI hit-and-run trial

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Reno man has been found guilty after a trial involving charges related to driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, resulting in a hit-and-run that severely hurt one man.

28-year-old Daniel Wilson of Reno was found guilty after a six-day trial in Washoe District Court of one count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs (Marijuana) Causing Substantial Bodily Injury and one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Personal Injury.

The case began August 16, 2014, when Reno police responded to Forest Street and found a severely injured man who had been hit by a Dodge Ram truck while riding his scooter. Witnesses provided a description of the crash and the driver of the truck, saying the victim had the right of way at the intersection. The driver of the truck drove off before police got there, but was quickly found at a nearby house and identified as Wilson.

During the investigation, it was determined Wilson had been drinking before the crash and had offered to drive two friends to the movies. Along the way, Wilson stopped at the home of one of the friends, where he and others smoked marijuana. The group left for the movies again and the crash took place within 30 seconds of driving from the house.

Wilson later claimed he left the crash scene to secure his dog, which he had with him when the crash occurred.

During trial, the prosecution introduced evidence that Wilson had showed signs of impairment immediately after being contacted by police. Blood tests analyzed by the Washoe County Crime Lab determined Wilson had a blood alcohol level of 0.117 at the time of the accident and 10ng/ml of marijuana in his system 90 minutes after the crash. This level is five times the 2ng/ml impairment level for the drug set by Nevada law.

Sentencing will take place March 18, 2016. Wilson faces up to 40 years in prison.