Cop faces intoxication manslaughter charge

January 25, 2008 3:34:32 AM PST
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Texas City police officer accused of being drunk when he caused a fatal accident. Galveston County District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk says Officer John White is expected to surrender today to the Sheriff's Office.

Police say White had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 when his pickup truck struck a parked car on the shoulder of a farm-to-market road on January 18th.

The driver of the parked car, 26-year-old Leticia Ortiz of La Marque, died in the crash.

White was off-duty when the accident occurred. Sistrunk tells the Houston Chronicle that White will be placed on administrative leave.

White's attorney could not be reached for comment.

A grand jury is scheduled to consider the case on February 5th.

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