OAKDALE (CBS13) – A Riverbank city councilman was arrested for DUI and child endangerment after a crash left his four-year-old son bloodied and bruised.

A witness says Riverbank city councilman Jessie James White tried to run away after that crash, leaving his child behind.

jesse james white 2 UPDATE: Riverbank City Councilman Bails Out Of Jail Following DUI Arrest

Jesse James White (credit: riverbank.org)

This could very well be the last straw for Jesse James White as a member of the Riverbank City council. He’s been in trouble before, but on Monday night, things were allegedly taken to a whole new level.

“We saw his car smashed in the middle of the road right there,” said John Visser. “Just came and sat on the curb.”

Visser said the man was very drunk and was trying to park his badly damaged Corvette after slamming it into several parked cars. Visser walked Riverbank city councilman Jesse James White to the curb, but White wasn’t very appreciative of the help.

“’You don’t know who I am. You can’t tell me what to do.’ So I sat him down on the curb and I looked inside and there was a little kid in there,” said Visser.

Visser says while he pulled the scared and bloodied 4-year-old boy from the car, White took off.

“I saw him running down the street, so my friend Roger Chased him down, grabbed him, held him down, until the cops got here and made my friend handcuff him,” said Visser.

Meanwhile, Visser’s friends tried comforting the boy.

“He was shaking and crying and bleeding. He was in shock, like: ‘Where’s my daddy? What happened?’” said Alexandra Rocha who helped the child.

Police arrested White and charged him with DUI and reckless endangerment.

White’s son is expected to be fine.

White’s troubles are well known in Riverbank. In 2010, while in office, he was arrested on drug charges.

Earlier this month, the city of Riverbank dropped its legal attempt to try and have White removed after spending more than $50,000, according to the Modesto Bee.

In May 2011, White avoided being forced out of office by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge, instead of a felony charge. He was initially charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor drug counts after police found marijuana and cocaine in his home and marijuana in his vehicle.

If White had been convicted of a felony he would have been forced to give up his position on the Riverbank City Council.

White bailed out of jail on Monday morning. He refused to speak with CBS13.

Comments (28)
  1. Leothelump says:

    This Clown clearly has no business being a councilman. He’s a druggie and a drunk, among other things,. Maybe now he will be removed and placed in jail.

  2. Lissa says:

    Who was the “small child” in relation to him???

    1. Alysia Stagno says:

      It was his 4 yr old son.. he hit a parked car which happens to be my daughters

  3. will says:

    Riverbank citizens are nuts electing a person like white!!! You get what you vote for!

    1. DAN says:


  4. Becky says:

    23? he looks 12!. Book em Dano, he’s TOAST!

  5. redneckwriter says:

    I don’t feel sorry for the citizens of Riverbank one bit, they knew who he was before they elected him.

  6. redneckresearcher says:

    Wait a minute , just a dang second, you mean to say he was 17 years old when elected as a Riverbank city councilman, he wasn’t even a man yet, he was still a child, is this some kind of joke or misprint. He should of been placed in rehab he must have a relative with a he-l of alot of influence who was in denial regarding his seriuos drug addiction. Who is that relative CBS, please preety please, please preetty please?

    1. Dirk says:

      2012-2008= 4, 23-4=19.

    2. Alysia says:

      I believe his Grandpa was the mayor at the time he was elected

      1. bestill says:

        Not the mayor, his grandfather was a councilmember.

  7. sassafras says:

    He left the injured child and ran off, boy he is really a drug addict out of touch with reality. Whoever his relatives are should get him in rehab, oops to late now he will go to prison unless someone pays an enormous bail, we will be watching to read if he gets away with this also and to see who gets him out if they do.

  8. disgusted says:

    When is his trial?

  9. Lynn says:

    it was his own kid.

  10. D. Reed says:

    He had his 4 year old in the front seat? Seat belted or not, add another offense to his long list of things he did wrong. How has he defended himself thus far? Drug possesions at home and in his vehicle? $50,000 spent to TRY to ouse him and that failed??? Get it together to create rules and regs. that don’t allow for this kind of foolishness. We support our civil representatives to do the right thing on our behalf. Please write sensible laws and bylaws so that none of this bs ever has to see the light of day, think ahead and don’t leave any loopholes that come back to bite us. CYA and mine please!

    1. bestill says:

      the car was a Corvette, there are no seats but driver’s seat & passenger; no backseats in a Corvette.

  11. Another one bites the dust. says:

    What a dope using drunk loser……….. but then when you name a kid Jesse James, your pretty much determining his future………

  12. sassafras says:

    Another one bites the dust, there is nothing wrong with the name Jesse James we have three close relatives named Jesse james all law abiding citizens, they were named after a great great relative who was a sheriff for 30 years, this sheriff considered the real Jesse James to be a low life criminal not a hero like some claim. His name is not to blame he is to blame.

  13. ABOUT DAMN TIME! says:


  14. Deuce says:

    The first thing out of his mouth was “’You don’t know who I am. You can’t tell me what to do.”
    Either out of ignorance or arrogance. If out of arrogance, he’s even more ignorant than one would think.
    I’m tired of these jackholes forgetting for whom they work.

    1. Roose says:

      Good thing it happened in Oakdale instead of Riverbank, he can’t buy those cops off with threats. LOL he’s had it this time THREW STRIKES

  15. bobmortland says:

    This has been happening so often. DUI’s for people whom most think would never get one. This guy was just flat arrogant. There were also 3 officers in Alameda County arrested for DUI’s in the last week or so.

  16. sassafras says:

    Ya bob how about the judges shop lifting little wifey, don’t forget her. They going to tie him to that political pole now,, obvious spoiled, self centered, over privileged, over indulged young man who thinks of NO one but himself. Gads a 21 year old going on 12 as a city councilman, thats one for the books all right.

    1. Kayla bernal says:

      i agree your should have seen how pathetic he looked, begging me and my boyfriend not to hurt him.. i regret not doing so,

  17. Kayla bernal says:

    Sorry your Report needs correcting

  18. corruption sucks says:

    He is guilty of attempted murder of a small child and he is already out on bail. Driving drunk is attempted murder of anyone being on the highway and leaving the scene is another major crime law enforcrement at the state capital level should get into this, he has nothing to lose God only knows what he will do next.

  19. Lisa says:

    Is man is probably known as a working alcoholic or a working cocain addict..what he did with his son in the car…and THEN ran away is unforgivable and I believe this man should be removed from his councilman position. He is disgusting!!!

  20. muckraker says:

    Recall this sub-human for pete sake River Bank citizens.

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