Porum driver charged with manslaughter

A Porum woman faces charges of first-degree manslaughter and unsafe lane use after her involvement in a fatal crash near Porum, according to court documents.

Heather Nicole White, 31, was charged Friday following the Wednesday morning crash, which occurred one mile east and and one mile north of Porum, killing Gary Lee Dobbs, 67, of Stigler, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report. The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. when White, driving a 2002 Ford Mustang convertible, swerved off 263rd Street East while driving eastbound, striking a ditch and a barbed wire fence.

Dobbs died at the scene, while White was treated at Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee, released and subsequently arrested on complaint of manslaughter and driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Another passenger, Luman Wildcat, 26, of Porum, was not injured.

An affidavit filed with the case states that OHP Trooper Colt Duncan approached White in the emergency room at Saint Francis Muskogee while investigating the collision and “noticed the odor of alcohol.”

“As Duncan came closer to White, Duncan noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage again, and it was apparent it was coming from White’s person,” the affidavit reads.

White described the events leading up to the collision to Duncan, according to the affidavit: She admitted to smoking methamphetamine at 10 a.m. the day before the crash, as well as drinking “10 to 12 beers, and some drinks of Long Island Iced Tea at a restaurant.” 

White said she had her last drink 20 minutes before the crash, the affidavit states.

Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge said that drunk drivers who caused the deaths of others should face the appropriate consequences.

“It’s something that occurs in our society, and those that decide to drink and drive and cause an accident that takes somebody’s life — they need to be held accountable,” Loge said. “We’ve unfortunately had a couple of incidents in the last few months where somebody died, so those responsible are going to be charged and held accountable.”

White is being held in the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on $100,000 bond. Her next court appearance is Oct. 18. 

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