A North Carolina man pleaded guilty in Monroe County Criminal Court to a 2017 wreck that left one dead.

James Alexander Balmat, 31, Erwin, North Carolina, entered the plea to Judge Andrew Freiberg. The charge was vehicular homicide by intoxication.

In September 2017, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Frank Yates Matoy said the wreck occurred on Highway 68 in the Coker Creek area around 2:30 p.m. on the ninth of that month.

Balmat was riding his Yamaha when he reportedly crossed the yellow line and crashed into a Harley Davidson ridden by David Boring, 59, of Maryville.

Matoy said both men were wearing helmets and Balmat was injured while Boring was killed.

At the time, Matoy said there was no evidence Boring was using alcohol or drugs, but a test would be conducted as part of the investigation. An ensuing investigation showed he was intoxicated, leading the grand jury to hand down an indictment against him.

Balmat was ordered to serve 100 days, then will be on supervised probation for nearly five years.

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