Eric Yarham, Minot, sentenced for driving drunk and injuring another driver

Eric Steven Yarham, 21, Minot, will serve a year in jail for driving drunk, speeding, colliding with another vehicle on May 20 and seriously injuring the other driver.

Yarham pleaded guilty last week in district court in Minot to causing criminal vehicular injury, a Class C felony.

He was sentenced to three years in prison, with a requirement that he serve one year, and ordered to serve three years supervised probation, to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation, to attend a victim impact panel, and to participate in Ward County’s 24/7 Sobriety Program. He must also pay $1,100 in court costs. Yarham will be permitted work or school release while he is serving his sentence. Restitution in the case is reserved for 90 days.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the other driver broke three vertebrae and one rib and had partially collapsed lungs.

Yarham hit the other car at an angle on the driver’s side in the area of Valley Street and 27th Street SE. The impact nearly split the other car in two. Yarham had been driving at speeds up to 80 mph and his blood alcohol content was .145.