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Vance sheriff's daughter charged with DWI

Posted July 3, 2008
Updated July 7, 2008

— The daughter of Vance County Sheriff Peter White was arrested Thursday on a misdemeanor driving while impaired charge in connection with an Easter Sunday traffic stop.

The charge comes more than three months after deputies stopped Shahita White, 34, near Henderson on March 23 after drivers called 911 to report an SUV swerving through traffic as it headed the wrong way on U.S. Highway 1. Callers said the driver appeared to be drunk.

Deputies called radio dispatchers, saying Shahita White was "blistered," and asked that Sheriff White be notified. He later picked his daughter up from the scene, and she was charged with reckless driving.

She pleaded guilty on May 15 and was given a 30-day suspended sentence and placed on unsupervised probation for a year.

Vance County District Attorney Sam Currin initially said he could not pursue drunken-driving charges against her because no roadside sobriety test had been administered.

He would not comment specifically about the case Thursday but said the DWI charge was the result of a "very thorough" review by the State Bureau of Investigation and that he is requesting a judge from outside the county be brought in to handle the case.

In internal memos filed after the stop, two Henderson police officers who assisted, wrote that Shahita White slapped a deputy's arm and refused to cooperate with a second sobriety test after the first one failed to register a reading.

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 also noted.

Currin later requested that the SBI review the case, saying details provided by the officers established probable cause for a DWI.

Sheriff White, who has denied interfering in the initial investigation, would not comment on the DWI charge Thursday, only saying, "We'll have to wait to see how this plays out in the court system,"

He said the charge was filed at the insistence of the district attorney and that he believes his deputies handled the traffic stop properly.

"I have not found any wrongdoing on behalf of any law enforcement officers," he said.

Shahita White was released after her arrest Thursday on an unsecured bond. Her first court appearance is scheduled for July 22.


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  • jamesjmoore999 Jul 8, 2008

    This is the link for the NAACP blasting the investigation. You have to login to see it.


  • SomeRandomGuy Jul 8, 2008

    I agree, betrayal of trust is the ONLY reason she is being charged now. What's really sad is it's a waste of time, there is NO evidence to convict her with NOW.

  • Arkansas Razorback Jul 8, 2008

    iamforjustice.....Reading your last post was the funniest thing I have done today. Thank you for adding a little sense of humor to my Tuesday afternoon.

  • Eduardo1 Jul 8, 2008

    why wasn't she charged with assault on the officers? I think that daddy's position has helped her

  • alx Jul 8, 2008

    she should be treated as anyone else. however, there is a perception that there are 2 sets of rules in our state..1 set for law enforcement, & political officials & 1 set for those paying the taxes

  • Adelinthe Jul 8, 2008

    Wonder how many of us would have gotten three months free and clear before a DWI charge was made.


    But praying for any and all who drink and drive, and for anyone in their paths while they do so.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • CTR Jul 8, 2008

    drink and drive and you will get caught..white OR black

  • FragmentFour Jul 8, 2008

    Cricket at the lake, are you sure the NAACP came out with that statement? I've been looking for some trace of it ever since you posted it on Friday, and there's no trace that I can find. Where'd you find it?

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jul 8, 2008

    I look at this a non black/white issue. If she would have kept her mouth shut and her hands on the stering wheel then she would have gotten off. Her emotions are what got her into trouble.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jul 4, 2008

    Cricket at the lake, when did the NAACP say this, because they really get credited for a whole lot of stuff. :)