Trail Begins In Driving Death Of Reno Officer

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Trial is underway in Reno for a woman accused of having marijuana in her system when she pulled out in front of a motorcycle police officer.

Officer Mike Schofield, 55, died in the Sept. 26, 2002 accident.

Anna Marie Jackson is charged with driving with a prohibited amount of a prohibited substance in her blood, causing death. She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

A jury of seven men and seven women, including two alternates, was seated Monday as the trial began in the courtroom of Washoe District Judge Janet Berry.

Jackson, 25, had pulled out of a business driveway onto Mill Street as Scofield was en route to an accident scene. Authorities said he was driving at around 45 mph when he slammed into the side of Jackson's Toyota 4-Runner.

In an audio tape played in court during a hearing last June, Jackson told an emergency worker that she initially didn't see the officer, and when she did, she "froze up."

She agreed to a blood test after the accident.

Authorities said the test found her blood contained 3 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana's active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and 18 nanograms per milliliter of a marijuana metabolite.

Nevada law prohibits drivers from having more than 2 nanograms of THC and-or more than 5 nanograms of the metabolite in their blood.

During the June hearing, Jackson testified she had smoked pot the day before the crash but not that day.