A former Garrard County emergency management director pleaded guilty Friday to amended charges in a 2007 crash that killed one man and injured another.
Dwayne Nave, 45, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, fourth-degree assault and first-offense driving under the influence.
He had been indicted on charges of murder, first-degree assault and driving under the influence with aggravating circumstances, meaning the death and injury that resulted from the crash.
Nave could receive one to five years in prison on the reckless homicide and 12 months in jail on the fourth-degree assault. The plea agreement also includes a mandatory minimum fine, fees and costs, and a 30-day suspension of Nave's driver's license. Nave must also take alcohol and drug education classes.
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Garrard Circuit Judge Hunter Daugherty scheduled sentencing for July 2. Nave's trial had been scheduled to begin June 29 in Lancaster.
On April 29, 2007, Nave's official vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, crossed the center line and collided with a pickup on U.S. 27 near Bryantsville. The pickup driver, Willard Quinn, 43, of Parksville was killed, and a passenger, Kevin Reed of Stanford, was seriously injured.
Nave resigned as emergency management director in June 2007
Nave's blood-alcohol content was 0.12 when it was taken at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville nearly two hours after the crash. The state considers a person to be impaired at a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.
The blood test also showed that tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, was in Nave's system.
This spring, Judge Daugherty granted a defense motion to suppress evidence that marijuana was in Nave's bloodstream. Daugherty ruled that there was no scientific proof that Nave was impaired by marijuana.
The prosecution had hoped to introduce the marijuana evidence for a jury to consider, arguing that it shows Nave acted "under circumstances showing extreme indifference to human life," which is the standard for wanton murder.
Last year, Garrard County's insurance company paid $2.1 million to Quinn's estate.