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Sheriff's daughter pleads guilty to reckless driving

Posted May 14, 2008
Updated July 7, 2008

— The daughter of Vance County Sheriff Peter White has pleaded guilty to reckless driving in an Easter Sunday incident that remains under investigation.

Shahita White, 34, was given a 30-day suspended sentence and placed on unsupervised probation for one year.

Two Vance County deputies stopped a sport utility vehicle on U.S. Highway 1 near 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.

After they stopped the SUV and realized who was behind the wheel, the deputies called radio dispatchers, saying Shahita White was "blistered." The dispatchers then called the sheriff and told him his daughter had been stopped and was "55," radio shorthand for an intoxicated driver. Peter White went to the scene to pick up his daughter.

Two Henderson police officers who participated in the traffic stop said one deputy tried to give Shahita White a breath test to check her sobriety, but couldn't obtain a reading. White then slapped the deputy's arm away and refused to cooperate with another test, the officers said in internal memos filed after the incident.

The officers described her as smelling of alcohol, being unsteady on her feet, slurring her speech and having red, glassy eyes. The SUV had damage on the driver's side, the officers noted in the memos.

Vance County District Attorney Sam Currin initially said he couldn't pursue drunken driving charges against Shahita White because no roadside sobriety test had been done. After WRAL obtained the Henderson officers' memos, Currin asked State Bureau of Investigation agents to review the case, saying details provided by the officers established probable cause for a DWI charge.

The investigation hasn't been completed.

Peter White has denied interfering in the initial investigation and said his deputies handled everything properly.


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  • US VET May 15, 2008

    Just more corrupt elected officials. No news just everyday politics.!!!!

  • april65 May 15, 2008

    "april65...why don't you move if it is so bad? Just pack it up and GO!! GodBless"

    Easier said than done. There is this thing called a job, family, friends. And as if you didn't already know, gas prices are so outrageous one can barely afford to go to work. But hey, if you are willing to give me a job, pay moving expenses (for me and my extended family), let me know. I will be more than glad to take you up on your offer.

  • Common Sense Man May 14, 2008

    "Hard to convict without the breath test."

    It all depends on the evidence. I think in this case it would have been easy to convict without a breath test.

  • Common Sense Man May 14, 2008

    "State law says that refusing an alcohol test is admitting guilt."

    Errrrrrrrr, no it doesn't.

  • Eduardo1 May 14, 2008

    No battery charge for striking an officer, no driving under the influence, no charge for refusing a sobriety test. So many questions so few answers

  • Scrapper May 14, 2008

    I guess the county dosn't think it will share any liability when she does this again and hurts somebody.

  • Polly May 14, 2008

    I agree 100% that the daughter played the absolute fool and luckily didn't kill anybody. I think whether or not Sheriff White did anything wrong is a totally different subject. Daughter made both herself and her dad look like an idiot to say the least.

  • GodBless May 14, 2008

    I voted for Currin the first go-round and Hoyle the second time. Neither White nor Breedlove got a vote from me...This is totally bull! Peter White is an egotistical racist ex-trooper! The deputies handled everything properly? Yeah Right! They called "Daddy"! We'll just wait and see what happens to the 2 deputies that stated the TRUTH in their reports!

    Joefly1964...WTH are you talking about? Henderson and Durham deserve what they get??? Who are you? The judgement police?

    april65...why don't you move if it is so bad? Just pack it up and GO!!

  • 3forme May 14, 2008

    if anyone else puts their hands on an officer they will surely be charged with assault..problem is the da and judge don't have enough you know what to challenge this joke of a chief.. somebody up there needs to show a little integrity..

  • a-moment-of-truth May 14, 2008

    what happened to the report that she had urinated on herself?