Caldwell County District Attorney Jay Gaither announces:
• Henry O’Neal Carroll, Jr, 60, of Hickory, NC was convicted of (F) Involuntary Manslaughter and Driving While Impaired.
• Mary Jean Ellis, 35, of Hickory, NC was convicted of (F) Assault Inflicting Physical Injury on Law Enforcement Officer and (M) Driving While Impaired.
From News Herald
A habitual drunk driver from Valdese will serve up to five years in prison.
Delphia Renee Whisnant Sumpter, 44, of Valdese, was convicted this week of two felony counts of habitual driving while impaired and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. She was sentenced to between 3.3 years and 5.5 years in state prison.
Officers there got a call from a concerned resident about a possible impaired driver on U.S. 321 and officers found Sumpter operating a vehicle while subject to an impairing substance, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The second habitual driving while impaired incident happened in June 2014 in Lenoir. Officers got a CrimeStoppers tip about a possible impaired driver and found Sumpter operating a vehicle while subject to an impairing substance, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Sumpter previously had been convicted of driving while impaired on Dec. 15, 2008, in Caldwell County, Aug. 2, 2012, in Caldwell County and Feb. 5, 2013, in Burke County, the D.A.’s Office says. Sumpter has served time in prison for previous DWI convictions, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website.
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