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GREAT FALLS — A Frazer man who crashed his car into an oncoming vehicle while driving drunk on U.S. Highway 2 last year pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Tyler L. Ackerman, 20, is charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon scheduled sentencing for Oct. 5.

According to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office, Ackerman spent part of the afternoon of Jan. 1, 2005, drinking from a large jug of vodka.

That evening, he was driving westbound on U.S. Highway 2 when his car crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle two miles east of Frazer.

The accident shattered the other driver's leg from her knee to her foot. It also caused five severe compound fractures to her lower leg, extensive damage to her ankle, and a fracture to her neck.

The woman was hospitalized for over a month and can no longer walk without a cane. She also must undergo knee replacement surgery, the news release said.

At the time of the accident, Ackerman's blood-alcohol content was at least 0.17. The legal limit in Montana is 0.08.

Ackerman was convicted of drunken driving in Fort Peck Tribal Court in 2004.

He currently is detained, and faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years on supervised release.

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