Riverbank councilman's arraignment postponed

local@modbee.comOctober 5, 2012 

— An arraignment hearing Friday was postponed until later this month for Riverbank City Councilman Jesse James White, who is accused of drunken driving, crashing his Corvette and leaving behind his injured 4-year-old son Feb. 20 in Oakdale.

Deputy Public Defender Marcus Mumford was not available to appear with White in court Friday morning, so Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Dawna Reeves scheduled White to return to court Oct. 26 to enter a plea.

The judge on Thursday denied a request to have the taxpayers pay for private attorney Mary Lynn Belsher to represent White in his upcoming trial.

White has informed the court he no longer can afford to retain Belsher, who represented him in his preliminary hearing.

White faces three felony charges: driving under the influence causing injury, DUI with a blood-alcohol content of 0.24 percent causing injury and child endangerment.

A blood-alcohol content of 0.24 percent is three times the legal limit. White also has been charged with three misdemeanor counts: hit-and-run causing injury, hit-and-run causing property damage and resisting an officer.

The one-term councilman is not running for re-election.

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