Woman convicted of 5th DWI in 6 years

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

A Valdese woman's fourth and fifth convictions for driving while impaired got her sentenced to prison for three to five years.

Delphia Renee Whisnant Sumpter, 44, was convicted Thursday in Caldwell Superior Court of two counts habitual driving while impaired and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a press release from the district attorney's office stated.

Sumpter was stopped on U.S. 321 in Granite Falls in February after someone called police to reporter her driving erratically, and she was charged with driving while impaired, the press release said. Then in June, a Crime Stoppers tip was called in about an impaired driver in Lenoir, which resulted in Sumpter again being arrested and charged with DWI, according to the release.

Sumpter had previously been convicted of DWI in December 2008 and August 2012 in Caldwell County, and in February 2013 in Burke County.

Sumpter also was charged in a separate incident in February after she was found to be in possession of a .22-caliber rifle, the press release said. Because she had been convicted in April 2004 of felony possession of cocaine, she was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Sumpter was sentenced to 40 to 66 months in prison.