Free on bond: Affidavit reveals more details in former deputy's arrest

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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A former Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy who was arrested last week on drug and assault charges has been released on bond. Meanwhile, court documents reveal more details about the arrest.

Jonathan White, 31, was arrested Wednesday, July 27, at a residence in Berryville. He faces felony charges of aggravated assault on a family or household member, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit prepared by CCSO investigator Jerry Williams, Williams met with White's wife, Jessica, at the sheriff's office on the afternoon of July 27. Jessica White had already given an initial report to CCSO Cpl. Lance Clark regarding an incident in which Jonathan White allegedly displayed a firearm "in such a way that created substantial danger of death or serious physical injury," according to the affidavit.

Jessica White said that she felt very threatened by her husband's actions and also had video footage of the incident, the affidavit says. The incident took place in the parking lot of the old Crystal Mountain Restaurant on Arkansas Highway 21 South. According to the affidavit Jonathan and Jessica White were parked next to each other and each remained in their respective vehicle. Jessica White said she began recording after Jonathan White allegedly pointed his firearm the first time.

According to the affidavit, Jessica White showed the video footage of the incident to Williams.

"In the video, it clearly showed Mr. White pointing his firearm at Ms. White," Williams wrote in the affidavit. "Multiple screen shots were taken of the video and placed into the case file for evidence."

The affidavit said Jessica White told Williams that her husband, who had been a narcotics investigator with CCSO before submitting his resignation earlier that week, had begun using methamphetamine.

"Ms. White stated that she became concerned, after his entire demeanor had changed several weeks ago," Williams wrote in the affidavit. "Ms. White stated that she began searching through his phone, and after viewing a multitude of exchanges regarding sex, money, and drug use, she began taking screen shots and saving them."

According to the affidavit, Jessica White ultimately confronted Jonathan White and he confirmed he was using methamphetamine. Jessica White provided Williams with copies of several screen shots and text messages corroborating her statements, the affidavit says.

Jessica White told Williams that she believed her husband was a danger to her or himself, according to the affidavit. After conferring with chief deputy prosecuting attorney Devon Still and Sheriff Randy Mayfield, the decision was made to arrest Jonathan White on a felony charge of aggravated assault on a family member.

CCSO investigators tracked Jonathan White's county-issued cell phone to an address in the 1200 block of East Cottonwood Lane in Berryville, and Williams and Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye traveled to that location and began watching the residence from a distance, the affidavit says.

White exited the residence at approximately 9:11 p.m., according to the affidavit, and was ordered to the ground and taken into custody without incident by Williams and Frye.

"While searching Mr. White for possible weapons, a glass smoking pipe was retrieved from the right front pocket," the affidavit says. "Through training and experience, the pipe appeared to be a glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamine. The glass pipe had a burnt residue within it. A further search of the same pocket yielded a small plastic zip top bag, containing a crystalline substance (through training and experience the substance appeared to be methamphetamine). These items were seized as evidence, to be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.

After another deputy arrived to transport White to the Carroll County Detention Center, the affidavit says, Williams asked White if he was currently under the influence of methamphetamine and White replied "yes."

According to the affidavit, Williams asked White the last time he had consumed methamphetamine and White responded, "I just smoked some a little while ago."

White went on to tell Williams: "You should probably have that meth tested ... I think it has been mixed with bath salts," according to the affidavit.

After arriving at the detention center, White agreed to speak further with Williams, the affidavit says. During the course of that conversation he admitted to consuming methamphetamine earlier that day and also admitted to pointing his firearm at his wife, according to the affidavit. White told Williams that he wanted his wife to quit "nagging" him and leave him alone, the affidavit says.

White motioned with his finger, holding his hand like a firearm, as he simulated pointing the firearm at his wife, the affidavit says. He also admitted to consuming methamphetamine on multiple occasions over the previous few weeks, according to the affidavit.

White was later transferred to the Benton County Detention Center in Bentonville, where he appeared before a judge on Friday, July 29. Prosecutors asked that bond for White be set at $35,000 but the judge instead set bond at $5,000. White posted bond and was released from custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8, in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Neither White, who listed an address in Huntsville on the detention center's intake log, nor his wife could be reached for comment.

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  • "Benton County Detention Center in Berryville"

    Benton County Detention Center is not in Berryville.

    -- Posted by anonymouschick on Fri, Aug 5, 2016, at 8:08 PM
    Response by Scott Loftis:
    Thanks, Anna. It was a typo.
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