Bribe-giving DUII suspect arrested again
A Gresham local has been arrested again — less than a month after prosecutors charged the man with intoxicated driving and attempting to bribe the police officer hauling him to jail.
This time, Deven Michael Bernard White is suspected of fleeing the police — a felony — after he suddenly sped away on a motorcycle during a traffic stop on Interstate 5.
Court records indicate the 19-year-old has been arrested or cited by police 11 times in the past two years. He owes the state more that $7,700 in unpaid fines stemming from some of those incidents.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, police say White was driving north on the shoulder of I-5 when he was spotted by a motorcycle deputy who pulled him over. After the deputy dismounted, White turned the bike on again and headed toward the Delta Park complex, court records allege.
The officer tailed White and "ultimately was able to pin the defendant's motorcycle in place and take the defendant into custody," a probable cause affidavit states. White explained that he fled because he was borrowing his roommate's bike without permission, police say.
Earlier that day, the District Attorney's office dismissed White's charges for driving under the influence of intoxicants and offering a $10,000 bribe to police in late January.
They're still pursuing a citation for being a minor in possession of alcohol and marijuana while driving. Police say his blood-alcohol content registered at .17 percent that night, above the legal threshold of .08.
After the DUII arrest, White told police he was unemployed and sleeping in the car, which was towed while he incarcerated. Since then, court records indicate he has moved into a manufactured home park off Southwest Palmquist Road.
White was released shortly after his arrest for fleeing police on I-5. He declined to comment when contacted by phone on Wednesday, Feb. 21.