Former Riverbank councilman pleads no contest to DUI charges
MODESTO, Feb 01, 2013 (The Modesto Bee - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Former Riverbank City Councilman Jesse James White pleaded no contest this morning to four criminal charges and was sentenced to serve one year in jail for drunken driving, crashing his Corvette and leaving his injured son in the car in Oakdale last winter.
Whether White actually serves jail time will be up to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Dawna Reeves gave White three months to apply for the sheriff's alternative work program. If he does not apply or does not qualify for the work program, White has to surrender to the jail by May 1.
The judge also ordered White to serve five years of probation with a lengthy list of requirements. Judge Reeves told White that she can sentence him to serve three years and 8 months in prison if he violates probation.
White declined to comment as he walked out of the courtroom Friday morning. His attorney, deputy public defender Marcus Mumford, said his client is already participating in a voluntary six-month residential rehabilitation program for alcoholism.
"He wants to be a good example for his family and his community, because he knows he made a mistake," Mumfurd said shortly after the hearing.
White did not seek a second term on the council; his term ended in December. In a preliminary hearing in August, witnesses testified they saw White's Corvette crash on F Street in Oakdale on Feb. 20.
His 4-year-old son was in the Corvette and suffered a bloody nose. White left his son in the car when he tried to leave, police have said.
There will be more with this story later today on modbee.com
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2394.
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