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A Lodge Grass man admitted Wednesday that he was driving drunk when he wrecked his vehicle, seriously injuring his passenger.

Gary Jackson Hugs Jr., 21, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings to assault resulting in serious injury for an accident in Lodge Grass on June 18, 2011.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Vincent Carroll said Hugs was driving a Suburban when he hit a tree and a propane tank at a residence on George Street and left.

A Crow tribal police officer found the car at another residence, heard moaning from inside and talked with the victim, a woman identified only by initials in court documents. The woman, who was bloody from the wreck, said Hugs was drinking before the accident.

The woman was treated at St. Vincent Healthcare for a broken nose, two broken teeth and a broken bone around her right eye, Carroll said. Hugs had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent, or more than twice the legal limit.

Hugs faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom set sentencing for April 4. Hugs remains in custody.

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