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DA: No Evidence to Charge Sheriff's Daughter

Posted April 8, 2008

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— Vance County District Attorney Sam Currin said Wednesday there is "no proof" to charge the daughter of Sheriff Peter White with drunken driving, although he questions how a traffic stop last month was handled.

A deputy stopped a sport utility vehicle on U.S. Highway 1 south of Henderson on March 23 after drivers called 911 to report the vehicle was swerving through traffic as it headed the wrong way on the highway. Callers said the driver appeared to be drunk.

When the deputy realized the SUV driver was Shahita White, 34, he called Vance County dispatchers to report the incident, telling them Shahita White was "blistered." A dispatcher then called the sheriff to notify him his daughter had been charged with reckless driving, and the sheriff went to the scene to pick her up. The dispatcher told White that his daughter was "55," using a police radio-code shorthand for an intoxicated driver.

"Why didn't he stay away from a conflict of interest?" asked Vance County resident Phil Lynch, echoing a sentiment heard often in the county in recent weeks. "I think any rational, reasonable adult listening to these (911) tapes and seeing the way it was done would question it."

Currin said deputies might have been intimidated by the thought of dealing with the sheriff's daughter, but said it's "highly unusual" that they didn't give her a roadside sobriety test after she was stopped.

Without the results of a sobriety test, there's "no proof" against Shahita White that would hold up in court, he said. So, no other charges could be filed in the case.

Currin said it would have been better to bring in an outside law enforcement agency to investigate the case to avoid any appearance of preferential treatment, but he said he doesn't believe Peter White acted inappropriately.

Peter White declined to discuss the incident Wednesday, saying only that he didn't influence the investigation – his daughter wouldn't have been charged at all if he had, he said – and that some people in the county will always question his actions because of his position.

Vance County Manager Jerry Ayscue also said he believes the case was handled appropriately. Currin said he has no plans to call in the State Bureau of Investigation to review the case after the fact.


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  • An Alternative Apr 10, 2008

    no proof? Are you kidding? HA HA. The Law looks out for its own, that's all this is.

  • NCSULandscaper Apr 10, 2008

    its not even the same Sam Currin

    Im just amazed at how many people can get through life being so clueless

  • twc Apr 9, 2008

    I still haven't heard why Sam Currin, the DA in this case, is not serving the time he was sentenced to last year. Does anyone know? What makes his trial and conviction different than Thomas Wright's trial and conviction and incarceration?

  • FromClayton Apr 9, 2008

    Be careful Vance Sherriff. The people seem to be on to you. They will not tolerate another slip up like this....

  • NCSULandscaper Apr 9, 2008

    Regarding comments about the "people" voting for and electing Sherrif White .... that does not appear to be the case. He was appointed by the Vance County Board of Commissioners following the retirement of former Sherrif Breedloe:


    Breedlove didnt retire, he lost the election to Peter White

  • whateverittakes Apr 9, 2008

    THIS REAKS!!! The SBI should investigate all involved. The memos indicate the deputies knew she was blistered but called daddy to come get her. Daddy (the #1 LEO in the county) takes her home after she refuses a field breath test, cusses the deputies and swings at one of them. The sherrif reports to the DA and the DA says it was all handled on the up and up. What the heck did he tell the DA????? The Sherrif should be accountable for his action (or inaction as the case may be). The public will not allow this to rest.....PERIOD!!!!

  • oldschooltarheel Apr 9, 2008

    "55" & "blistered"... anyone driving through or living in Vance County needs to bookmark this one as it'll come in handy for survivors when she gets "blistered" again & slams into someone. What a jerk Dad that Sheriff is. I suspect his spawn is a piece of work too. Blistered, driving on wrong side of road...sheriff & his lil princess both need to be drop kicked into next week.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 9, 2008

    The Deputy called it in and said that "she was blistered." Now, had it happened to anyone outside the family they would have been given a DUI. The DA gave them a positive nod too. I am glad that she didn't hurt herself, nor anyone else.

    "This is the real deal holifield." Politics. It happens everywhere. I guess nothing changes when you have power and influence.

  • alx Apr 9, 2008

    seems like one hand washes the other.

  • Outlaw Josey Wales Apr 9, 2008

    If you think this was handled correctly, then read this: