The Solicitor's Office said an Upstate man who got behind the wheel while high on methamphetamine and fatally struck another driver will spend 19 years in prison.

The deadly collision occurred in April 2017 when 30-year-old Nicholas Keith Blackstock led police on a chase from Liberty into Easley.

On Calhoun Memorial Highway, Blackstock crossed the center line and struck a car head-on. The driver of the other vehicle, Steven Louis Richardson of Easley, was entrapped in the vehicle and suffered blunt force trauma resulting in his death.

Richardson was 59 years old.

Troopers said Blackstock was driving under the influence of methamphetamine and driving under suspension in the crash. They also recovered a quantity of meth from his car.

He pleaded guilt to DUI resulting in death, failure to stop for blue lights resulting in death, possession of meth with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to 19 years and will be eligible for release only after serving 85 percent of his sentence.

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