A Washington County man accused of road racing that resulted in a crash that injured three people accepted a plea agreement Tuesday in Washington County District Court.
Gage M. Larson, 23, pleaded no contest to exhibition driving, a Class 2 misdemeanor. As part of the plea agreement, two other charges were dismissed.
Larson could face up to six months in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, his license could be revoked for a year and he could be ordered to pay restitution.
The state is recommending probation.
Judge John E. Samson ordered a presentence investigation. Sentencing is set for Dec. 4. A restitution hearing will held at sentencing.
Larson was arrested June 4.
According to an arrest affidavit, Blair police were called to the intersection of Marina Drive and Blaine Street at approximately 9:35 p.m. for a personal injury accident.
A 1988 Ford Mustang, driven by Harrison Lane, 18, of Blair, had collided with a 1997 Ford Escort, driven by Lane Alstadt, 17.
A 17-year-old passenger in Lane's vehicle had a severe head laceration and another serious laceration to the face. Alstadt and Lane were also injured.
Officers learned from several witnesses that the Mustang had been involved in a street race beginning near the Blair boat ramp entrance.
The other vehicle involved in the race was described as an older model red Chevrolet S10 style pickup. Witnesses identified the driver as Larson.
Larson left the scene following the crash. Officers tracked him down the following day. Larson admitted to racing Lane and observing the crash. He also observed the injuries and panicked.
Officers determined Lane's vehicle was traveling in excess of 80 mph at the time of the crash.
Surveillance video obtained from the Blair water treatment plant showed both vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed past the facility just prior to the crash.