A northern Nebraska man has been given probation for having a child passenger while driving under the influence.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg announced Thursday that 24-year-old Joseph Snowball, of Winnebago, was sentenced to five years of probation. He also has been ordered to pay more than $188,000 for injuries sustained by the people in his vehicle.
Prosecutors say Snowball was driving on the Winnebago Indian Reservation with four other passengers in May. He was intoxicated and did not have a driver's license.
Snowball lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a tree. All the passengers suffered injuries, but they were not life-threatening.
Snowball received a felony conviction because one of his passengers was a 5-year-old child.