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Former Councilman Faces Jail Time
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After pleading 'no contest' to multiple charges, former Riverbank City Council member Jesse James White was sentenced earlier this month to serve a year in jail. He may avoid that jail time if he applies for - and qualifies - for the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department AWP, Alternative Work Program.

White, 24, was arrested last year for crashing his vehicle into a parked car in Oakdale and fleeing the scene, leaving his young son strapped in a car seat. His son was slightly injured when the air bag deployed. White was found to be driving under the influence. At his court appearance on Feb. 1, White entered the plea, which carries the same penalty as a guilty verdict without admitting guilt, and was given the one year jail sentence. He has to apply for the work program by May 1 or surrender at the jail at that time.

He also was placed on five years probation. White had previously entered an alcohol rehabilitation center and stayed on the city council during treatment, occasionally being allowed to attend council meetings on a day pass out of the facility.

Felony counts against White included DUI causing injury and resisting a police officer; with two misdemeanor charges including child endangerment and hit and run with property damage.

Among other requirements, White was ordered to take a parenting class, an anti-drinking and driving class and to operate a vehicle with an interlock ignition device, which will keep the car from starting if the driver is under the influence.

White's term on the city council ended in December. He did not seek reelection.