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Man gets 10 years for crossing railroad tracks in front of train with 3 people in his pickup


BILLINGS, Montana — A Billings man with a long criminal record has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for leading police on a chase in which he drove his pickup around the barriers at a railroad crossing, causing an oncoming train to clip his pickup truck.

The Billings Gazette reports ( ) District Judge Russell Fagg sentenced 61-year-old Victor Michael Johnson on Monday to 12 years in prison with two years suspended for two counts of felony criminal endangerment. He had three passengers in his pickup.

Johnson was credited for time served for misdemeanor DUI.

Johnson was arrested in January 2013 after a woman reported someone driving a pickup hit several parked vehicles and didn't stop. A Yellowstone County sheriff's deputy tried to pull Johnson over, but he eluded the officer by driving over the train tracks.

Information from: The Billings Gazette,

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