Driver Charged In Police Officer Collision
According to charging documents, 21-year-old Jariss Black had been speeding at nearly 130 mph when he lost control of his vehicle.
In July, Anchorage police officer Jennifer Pierce was seriously injured in a near head-on collision on the Glenn Highway.
Police said she had been pinned inside her vehicle when a 2007 BMW driving the opposite direction spun out of control, crossed the median and slammed into her patrol car.
Sunday, 21-year-old Jariss Black was charged with assault, reckless driving, driving without a license and driving while intoxicated.
According to charging documents, Black had been speeding at nearly 130 mph when he lost control of his vehicle, and toxicology reports revealed high levels of carboxy-THC in his bloodstream.
Anchorage Police Department spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said Black had remained out of custody while traffic detectives awaited the results of the toxicology report. The investigation was concluded last week, and Black turned himself in Saturday.
"I don't know if the victim was here or not, but I just wanted to apologize to her,” Black told the courtroom at his arraignment.
His bail was set at $50,000.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.