Man charged with DWI in fatal crash wrecks again

Was out of jail awaiting trial
Dec. 17, 2013 @ 08:11 AM

A little more than a year after being arrested and accused of driving drunk and killing someone, a Lenoir man was back in jail Friday and accused of driving drunk again.

Jack Byron White, 57, of Cottrell Hill Road had been out of jail after posting $30,000 bond, but he was arrested Friday after the bond was revoked because he was charged Nov. 6 with driving while impaired. Investigators say the car he was driving struck a bridge near his house about 8 p.m. According to a report filed by Trooper T.A. Rathbone of the N.C. Highway Patrol, White was unsteady on his feet, reeked of alcohol, and had slurred speech and glassy eyes. In a breath test, White's blood-alcohol registered 0.14 percent. Under North Carolina law, drivers are presumed to be impaired at 0.08 percent. He was charged with DWI and jailed under a $3,000 secured bond.

When he was arrested on Friday, White's bond was set at $150,000. District Attorney Jay Gaither did not know Monday why the bond from the 2012 charges wasn't revoked until five weeks after the Nov. 6 wreck, and said he would look into it

White is still awaiting trial on charges of felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired in the Nov. 20, 2012, wreck that killed 92-year-old Howard Lee Roper of Seehorn Street in Lenoir. White was traveling north on Hickory Boulevard around 2:30 p.m. in a 1994 Plymouth van when he drove across the median and struck a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Donald Lee Roper. Howard Roper was a passenger in the Blazer. Both Ropers were taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, where Howard Roper was pronounced dead. White was also taken to CMH with minor injuries.

White's trial is tentatively scheduled for March 13, 2014.