A Maryland man who police said was speeding, drunk, high and having sex when he crashed his pickup truck last year and badly injured his girlfriend must go to prison.

William Michael Watson Jr., 26, appeared in York County Court Wednesday morning, where he was sentenced to six to 23 months in York County Prison.

Common Pleas Judge Thomas H. Kelley VI also ordered Watson to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs. He must report to prison on Sept. 9, the judge said.

Watson told the judge the incident has "been a nightmare" for him.

"I'm just very sorry for it," he said.

Watson pleaded guilty June 4 to driving under the influence and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI. Other charges against him -- including those for allegedly speeding and driving without a license and insurance -- were dismissed, according to court records.

The background: Watson, of 117 Coulbourn Drive in Salisbury, Md., badly injured Rebecca Wilhelm of Airville during the Sept. 23 crash on Delta Road (Route 74) in Peach Bottom Township.

Wilhelm, who was 29 at the time, had to have her right leg amputated below the knee and suffered a major neck injury, police said. Police said it was raining hard when Watson lost control of his northbound Ford F-150 pickup near Anderson Road. The truck struck an embankment and flipped.

A driver who happened upon the 11:50 p.m. crash scene called 911 and later told state police Wilhelm was lying underneath the truck's bed, naked from the waist down, while Watson -- his pants "down between his knees and ankles" -- was crawling out of the truck through a broken back window, police said.


Watson's blood-alcohol level was 0.147 percent, police said. In Pennsylvania, an adult is driving drunk at 0.08 percent.

Watson also admitted he'd smoked marijuana prior to the crash, and that he and Wilhelm "were having sex while driving on Route 74 'for a while' prior to crashing," charging documents state.

No restitution: No restitution was ordered because Wilhelm did not ask for any, deputy prosecutor T.L. Kearney said. She also wanted Watson to receive the most lenient punishment possible, the prosecutor said.

Kearney said that while prosecutors will take a victim's wishes into consideration, they do not always agree to those wishes. Watson received a standard-range sentence, Kearney said.

Wilhelm and Watson are still a couple, and they left the courtroom together. Watson declined comment.

Defense attorney Peter Vaughn said the behavior was out-of-character for Watson.

"It was an isolated incident," Vaughn said. "Otherwise, he's a stand-up citizen."

-- Reach Elizabeth Evans at levans@yorkdis patch.com, 505-5429 or twitter.com/ydcrimetime.