Reno woman charged in officer’s death
October 18, 2002
RENO, Nev. — A Reno woman involved in an accident that killed a motorcycle officer has been charged with having illegal limits of marijuana in her system.
Anna Marie Jackson, 25, was arrested Wednesday and then released from jail on $20,000 bail.
Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick said tests showed Jackson had three times the legal limit of marijuana residue in her blood when Officer Mike Scofield crashed into her sports utility vehicle Sept. 26.
Scofield, 55, who was getting ready to retire, was on his way to an accident scene when Jackson pulled out in front of him from a business driveway.
Jackson is charged with driving with a prohibited amount of an illegal substance in her blood resulting in death, Gammick said.
She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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“We will prosecute the case,” Gammick said at a news conference.
Nevada law prohibits more than 5 nanograms of residue per milliliter of a driver’s blood. Investigators said Jackson’s level was 18 nanograms per milliliter.
Lab tests also found 3 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana’s active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, in Jackson’s blood — 1 nanogram more than the legal limit, Gammick said.
Jackson agreed to the blood test and the sample was taken about two hours after the crash, Gammick said.
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