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Woman pleads guilty in Blountville crash that killed retired THP trooper

March 6th, 2014 6:08 pm by Rain Smith

Woman pleads guilty in Blountville crash that killed retired THP trooper

Jaime Nichole Marissa McClain booking photo from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, following her 2012 arrest on the indictments.

A woman has pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including vehicular homicide and reckless aggravated assault, in the 2012 Blountville crash that killed a retired Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper.

Jaime Nichole Marissa McClain, 22, appeared in Sullivan County Criminal Court in Blountville on Thursday. She was previously indicted by a grand jury in November of 2012, following the June 25 collision on Highway 75.

The crash occurred at approximately 6:40 p.m. when an eastbound 1996 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by McClain, crossed the center line. It collided head-on with a 1999 GMC truck, carrying retired THP Trooper Barry Myers, 62, as a passenger.

Myers was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center where he died the next day.

Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Lesley A. Tiller tells the Times-News that blood tests revealed Xanax and Lortab were in McClain’s system at the time of the crash. Officers investigating the incident reportedly located prescription medications, drug paraphernalia and a marijuana cigarette in McClain’s purse.

Court records show McClain pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide, reckless aggravated assault, driving under the influence and failure to drive on the right side of the roadway.

She also pleaded guilty to illegal possession of the prescription drugs which were located at the time of the wreck, along with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Under the plea agreement, McClain would serve four and a half years, according to Tiller. Her sentencing is currently scheduled for May 29, when a judge will order her to serve that time in the Department of Corrections, on probation, or a combination of the two.

McClain plans to file for judicial diversion. If her request is granted, she would be placed on probation for a period of time, allowing her to apply to have the charges expunged after completing those terms without incident.

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