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Driver who hit traffic flagger after huffing nitrous oxide sentenced to prison

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Patrick Miller, previous court appearance Patrick Miller, previous court appearance
Margot Davis, in court in October. Margot Davis, in court in October.
March crash scene in SE Portland involving DUII driver and traffic safety flagger. March crash scene in SE Portland involving DUII driver and traffic safety flagger.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man who was huffing nitrous oxide before hitting a traffic safety flagger with his car in southeast Portland has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Patrick Miller, 50, pleaded guilty last month to charges of third-degree assault and DUII.

Miller was arrested in March.

Witnesses told police his car was weaving in and out of traffic as he approached a Portland Water Bureau construction project at Southeast 68th and Division Street.

His car jumped the curb and hit a worker wearing an orange vest, hard hat and holding a "SLOW" sign.

Margot Davis was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but she survived and continues to recover.

In court last month, Davis offered forgiveness to Miller after he pleaded guilty.

"I forgive Mr. Miller for what he has done to me, because I understand that he is suffering from a disease," she said.

Investigators said they located evidence Miller was huffing nitrous oxide, also called whippets, and possibly using other controlled substances.

Miller apologized during a previous court appearance, saying, "I'm sorry doesn't begin to cover it. My life doesn't belong to me anymore, it belongs to them."

He was sentenced in court Monday.

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