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Texas City officer to turn himself into authorities

January 25, 2008

A Texas City police officer who is charged with intoxicated manslaughter is expected to turn himself in Friday.

Officer John White is accused of driving drunk when he crashed his pickup into a car last week.
Leticia Ortiz of La Marque was killed in the crash.

According to a blood test, White’s alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Posted by jjimenez at January 25, 2008 10:59 AM

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I just have to say, the officer who killed my cousin better get what he deserves. I feel for his family, but not for him. He is supposed to be an example to kids to not break the law. As far as I’m concerned he was just another drunk driver. My cousin was so sweet, and had a smile you couldn’t forget. My family will miss her terribly. He took away someone who cared for people very much at such a young age. We won’t be able to see her get married, and have kids. She stood by my grandparents every day, and I thank her for that. Rest In Peace Leticia.

Love your cousin,
Maria L. Torres

Posted by: Maria at January 25, 2008 1:30 PM

I also feel that he should get a pretty harsh sentence. Someone that is supposed to uphold the law should know better. I have grown up in Texas City, and even graduated with Leticia and I know how so many of the Texas City cops fly up and down Palmer with no regard to the actual speed limit, especially after you pass 14th Street and they actually have to go 30mph, or should. Their is a park right there, and tons of kids.

Posted by: Richard at January 25, 2008 4:15 PM

Leadership is set by example. Officer White should not get any special treatment because he is in law enforcement. What made him feel that he is above the law that he pledged to uphold? There are good officers out there, but so many commit crimes especially in the Texas City-Galveston area that the commom citizen would be given a maximum sentence for. Too many feel that they are above the position they hold. Its sad a family had to loose a loved one to that. He needs to be tried and convicted as a normal citizen that has commited man slaughter while driving intoxicated. My condolences go out to the family. I too have lived in Texas City all of my life.

Posted by: Lisa Spiers at January 25, 2008 6:14 PM

What gets me is WHY is this cop out of jail. Any other citizen that was drunk driving and killed someone in an accident would be arrested on the spot. Only cops can do what this cop did. No wonder young kids don’t have much respect for them. My wife and I both feel sorry for his family NOT him! You will be missed Love your cousins from Alvin

Posted by: david clarita costanzo at January 25, 2008 8:53 PM

My prayers go out to the family of Leticia, I am very sorry for your loss. My husband (who is also an officer) and I are close friends of John White. How many times a day does something like this happen and we don’t hear a word of it? If John wasn’t a police officer would this story have even gone as far as making it to the news? Probably not! How many of YOU can honestly say that you have never gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle after you have had a few drinks? The first thing that people forget when an officer does something wrong is they are human just like the rest of you! They make mistakes just like everyone else does. I don’t think any of you have heard the remorse in this mans voice when you talk to him. I’m not saying that what he did was ok. There is nothing that can be done to bring her back and I completely agree with that. But how is bad mouthing him on a website going to fix what has happened? I not only lived in Texas City but I also worked there. And after talking with some of the people on scene of the accident, there are parts of the story that are left out from what is told on the news and printed in the paper. To the family of Leticia, again I am very sorry for your loss. To John and his family, we love you and we are here no matter what you need!

Posted by: BC at January 27, 2008 1:27 PM

It was all said in the last comment. JP White is a great man who just made a mistake. We have ALL done it, and unfortunatly this happened to him. Step back and think about all the times you drove under the influence of something!! It could have been you!!! Everyone needs to stop bad mouthing him because he was a police officer.

Posted by: mark at January 28, 2008 6:52 AM

Let me just comment on the last 2 ones that were made. He may have been a great guy, and yes a lot of people do drive under the influence. I’m not disputing that, but he was in fact a POLICE OFFICER ! I don’t care if he’s human he makes mistakes, as a POLICE OFFICER, he shouldn’t even had made this mistake! So, as far as bad mouthing him that will be done. He JUST made a mistake does not bring back my cousin! When someone in your family has died because of a POLICE OFFICER driving under the influence, you tell me how you feel then. Leticia was my cousin, and my family is devastated, so maybe the comment made by BC and Mark, needs to keep your comments to yourself and think about our situation. BC if you are a mother, how would you feel losing one of your kids? And as a matter of fact our family contacted the news because he was a police officer, just for you information.

Maria Torres

Posted by: Maria at January 28, 2008 9:42 AM

Mrs. Torres, Please do not take what I said out of context. I do believe he desreves what he gets. All I am trying to say is that a mistake was made and someones life ended because of carelesness. I totally sympathize with you and your family!! All I want to point out is he is a normal guy, yes a police officer, but an ordinary guy. Just like all the other TC cops that break the law they should be arrested as well. If it makes you feel any better, the next time a certain officer who lives on my road has a party and they are all drinking, rest assured I will have them drinking and getting into there cars on video tape, and I WILL release it to the news!! I do not condone what has happened here, but I just dont think bad mouthing him all over the net will help you any, it will prob. just piss you off even more. Save it for the court room for your victem impact statement. And if you read this Vicky & JP, you know I know what you are going through and I support you all the way to the end hands down!! ACCIDENTS HAPPEN.

Posted by: Mark at January 28, 2008 3:17 PM

Ms. Torres, I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

Let justice do her job. This officer should lose his badge and spend the rest of his life working with MADD.

This officer needs to face what he did and pay for his mistakes just like the rest of us NORMAL GUYS.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 29, 2008 8:02 AM

I have to agree w/Mark. The majority of us have done as Mr.White & we’ve just been lucky that something as horrible as what happened to Miss Ortiz hasn’t happened to us. This should serve as an eye opener to all of us who decide to drink & drive. I’ve tried to put myself in Mr. White’s shoes as well as Miss Ortiz’s. Both situations are unbearable.Especially to their families, there are no winners in this case. As for Miss Torres, whose husband is also a police officer, they too are guilty of driving under the influence. Your comments shouldn’t be so harsh. It could’ve happened to you as well.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 29, 2008 8:32 PM

We’ll some can post comments about Mr.White and Miss Ortiz, but the fact is what has happened is already happened!Nothing can be changed.Yes it was wrong what Mr.white did, but I gaurentee you if the man knew what was gonna happen that night he would’ve never picked up a drink that nite.I personally know this officers past.He was a good man who loved God and spent many hours helping young people not because he had to but because he wanted too.What happened yes we all know was wrong,but this is a circumstance that no matter what,theres gonna be pain from both sides of each others family.Only God can heal this wound, not words nor hatred towards the families!So if Mr white was put in prison for some time it wouldn’t bring anyone back.I do believe he should be punished, but he’s a good man who made a terrible mistake.As for Misses Ortiz’s family Im deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one and I know the anger that you have over this tragedy and want answers only God knows, God knows your hearts and the Whites hearts, the best thing to do is pray to God for his justice for he is just.We have all made mistakes and are not perfect!We Love You JP and Vicki and we are praying for the Ortiz family!!!!

Posted by: Steven and Lisa at January 29, 2008 10:48 PM

After all of this discussion, why is John getting death threats at his home!! This BS needs to stop before someone else gets hurt!!!! If you cannot say anything within reason then keep your damn mouth shut!!! I know anger has taken over, but use it in a positive way. I can guarantee you that all of the facts have not been presented and when they are, I know of a few people who have posted negative things on here are really going to kick there selves in the butt for opening there mopuths the way they did!! Things are NOT what they seem. I sure wish the rest of the public could have seen the evidence and how they ( both victems ) were in the wrong, not just JP. Proper police protocol was NOT followed and it will be shown in court. So for all the nay-sayers and BS talkers, shut the hell up until the trial, or go and get the facts as I have!!!!!!

Posted by: mark at January 30, 2008 6:51 AM

The comment made by ANONYMOUS apparently knows who I am, but not well enough. My husband barely even picks up a drink, and DOES NOT drive under the influence. So maybe you need to get your facts straight ! And I challenge who ever you are to even name a time that my husband ever did that. And besides the fact this has nothing to do with my husband.

Not by Anonymous, by Maria Torres

Posted by: Maria Torres at January 30, 2008 10:12 AM

Mrs. Torres, There is a whole lot more to this than you WANT to believe. Open your eyes and accept that not everyone is perfect. We can only apoligize to you sooo many times for your lose with great sympathy. Now its time to look at all the facts here. Someone knows your family, and what goes on, so dont try and hide behind it and play the perfect angel here, everyone screws up in there life at least once…. We know that it was NOT all JP’s fault now…. If you want to get into that discussion write me back so we can discuss the other fault in the accident. Now dont think I am bashing you, because I would NEVER do that. I just want you to have to FACTS of the accident, and who was at fault for what, so all the bad mouthing and name calling can stop. They were both at fault…. Did anyone get a toxicoligy test on the victem who didnt survive?? I sure wonder why that was…… Things would be so much different if they did.

Posted by: Mark at January 30, 2008 10:30 AM

Ms. Torres, stop being a hypocrite you and your spouse have done it. You might want to have your friends delete pics of the both of you drinking at a bar from the net. Because I’m sure you didn’t walk home on those nights.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 30, 2008 11:20 AM

I do know the facts of the case, and she was legally on the side of the road parked. Where the law provides her to be in an emergency.
Yea your right, we will see what happens in court. Let’s leave it at that.


Posted by: Maria at January 30, 2008 11:24 AM

Ok, drinking does not mean intoxicated. My husband is well aware how much alcohol it takes per hour. He’s aware that the body burns .02 per hour and depending on your body weight. Quit making assumptions! And if all you have is a picture in front of a drink to say he’s intoxicated, then compare to the evidence ex officer white of .17bac approx. 1 hour after the accident min. what kind of assumption are you going to make about that?


Posted by: Maria at January 30, 2008 11:33 AM

Legally on the side of the road? How about halfway into the emergency lane?? Then think about why she was only half way, maybe she thought she was all the way in there….. but sadly she was not….. They were both under the influence….. So it is really both of there faults. Im going to find those pictures and post them up, just so everyone can see what you have caused here on this discussion board, and how you are being the biggest hypocryte. I understand your feelings, but understand ours as well when you pop off at the mouth in anger without realizing the consequences of your own actions in the past. Lets see what happens in court. I will give a 90% chance of a conviction of involuntary vehicular manslaughter because both partys were at fault and proper police protocol was NOT followed. maximum — 10 years probation. Now lets leave it at THAT MRS TORRES.

Posted by: Mark at January 30, 2008 11:39 AM

What is wrong with you people? You should be ashamed of yourselves for all of the cruel things that you are posting during such an unfortunate time. Do you honestly feel better about yourselves by harassing a mourning family member of the deceased??? That is just disgusting behavior. No wonder the anonymous person chooses to not state their name, and as for you Mark your comments are making me sick to my stomach. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and for you to blame Maria for the discussions that are being posted is ridiculous. She simply stated that she hopes Officer White gets what he deserves. How is that bad mouthing him? You are the one who started the insults and are continuing to add fuel to the fire. Of course Maria is going to defend herself, she has every right to. You on the other hand seem to be getting some sort of sick pleasure out of all of this. John White is alive and should thank God that he still has a life to live after that tragic night. That one mistake altered the lives of many family members and justice should be served. I understand that Officer White is human just like the rest of us, but the fact that he is an officer of the law drastically changes the dynamics of this situation. For you to say that Leticia is at fault for this is nonsense. Keep in mind that she is not here to defend herself. I know The White family must be dealing with a lot right now and this has to be devastating for them as well, but in the end they still have their loved one; whether it be in jail or on probation is for the judge to decide. But he�s alive and Leticia�s not! We all know too well how law officials get breaks in situations like this and all Maria meant from her comment was that she hopes Officer White serves a sentence and doesn�t walk away from this unpunished. Aside from the fact that he will wake up everyday for the rest of his life knowing that he killed someone isn�t enough for those that are mourning for Leticia. Now out of respect for both families, I think enough is enough with the cruel comments. Posting your opinion is one thing, but ridiculing someone is malicious and wrong on all accounts. Nobody deserves to be treated that way. Maria and her family are mourning and we should all respect that. My heart goes out to both families and I pray that you are all touched by the grace of God during this difficult time.

Olivia Montemayor

Posted by: Olivia Montemayor at January 30, 2008 12:58 PM

Olivia, you said it yourself there, Its all an opinion. If you think I am doing this to insult someone who has lost a family memeber to a tradgedy, you are sorely mistaken. All I am trying to tell these people is that they do NOT have all the facts and are making there own assumptions up as they go, out of anger. We both have a personal stake in all of this and you dont, so butt the hell out!!! Its easy for you to sit there a make acusations because you have NO affiliation with this ordeal, so why dont you keep your opinion to yourself before you go and fly off the handle. We were discussing this before you came along and we will continue it until they realize that it was not ALL HIS FAULT!!!!! I am not blaming Maria for ANYTHING other than stating her hearsay and not the facts. she will continue to believe what she wants too and that is fine because she has made her mind up already that there side has done nothing wrong. All I am trying to do is prove that they were both in the wrong. Yes an innocent person lost there life, but they were at fault as well. So if you want to sit here and bad mouth me for the same thing you are doing ( stating your opinion ) or in my case the facts, then keep on typing. Its a free world and me and you can argue about this all day. I get NO pleaseure whatsoever out of this entire event, I wished it would have never happened, but it did and now we will set the record straight one way or another.;

Posted by: Mark at January 30, 2008 1:35 PM

Mrs. Torres. I am done. you have stated your opinion and I have done my share. I a deeply sorry for your lose and I do not think we will get any where with this. All we are doing now is involving others who have no interest in this case but there own 2 cents. Do you and your family have a foundation set up for Leticia? If so, please send me the information and I will make a donation on her behalf and mine. If you would like for me to do it annonymously that will be fine too. If you dont I fully understand. Just please understand that I in no way meant to harm you or your family, just was using the discussion board to state the facts that I have. Like I said, I am truly sorry for this and it is over with this last message. You and your family take care and I hope you can find it in your heart one day to forgive John, and put all of this behind you.

Posted by: Mark at January 30, 2008 2:00 PM

ME FLY OFF THE HANDLE??? HELLO!!! Take a long hard look in the mirror Mark. By the way, what’s your last name? You have so much in stake, be proud and make yourself known! Yeah, that’s what I thought. You may as well signed anonymous like that other coward has been doing! You may not think that you are insulting Maria, but I’m telling you that YOU ARE! It may not be intentional on your part, but whatever the case may be your comments are ugly and hurtful. And for your information Mark, I am affiliated and I’ve been following the case from the moment the Ortiz family was notified. I am Maria’s best friend and I have comforted her since the moment this happened. Not only does she have to deal with the loss of her cousin, she has to put up with tacky comments from you! I am curious to know your affiliation with the family Mr. Know It All… Stating your opinion is one thing Mark, but you’re being just a bit dogmatic about this, don’t ya think?

Posted by: Olivia Montemayor at January 30, 2008 2:04 PM

Truth be told this is a very bad situation for all parties involved. Let me just say that I am a Police Officer in the State of Texas and I agree that we are just human. But when you as a Police Officer take an oath to uphold and enforce the laws of this state things change. How much sense does it make to break the very laws that you are sworn to enforce. Police Officers are held to a higher standard and should be. I dont know Mr. White but I have heard that he is a good man and a good officer. If this is true then he should realize that he should be held accountable for any mistakes he may have made. The only people who could know all the facts of this case are maybe the ones that investigated it. And sometimes those people dont know everthing. I do not understand how this Mark person could attack the family members of a person who lost thier life due to this incident. You should be ashamed of yourself sir. I dont know what your relationship is to Mr. White but this family has suffered a great lose. I agree that Mr. White and his family have suffered and probably will some more. But at the end of the day Mr. White still has a chance to continue his life. If Miss Oritz was in the wrong then I feel she has more than paid the price for her mistakes, and you should let it be. And if any others are making death threats to Mr. White then you should be ashamed as well. I dont feel that Mr. White being a Police Officer will help him get away with anything. In fact I feel that it will make things worse for him, because society will demand more.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 30, 2008 2:07 PM

Obviously you did not read my last post Olivia… here it is again,
Mrs. Torres. I am done. you have stated your opinion and I have done my share. I a deeply sorry for your lose and I do not think we will get any where with this. All we are doing now is involving others who have no interest in this case but there own 2 cents. Do you and your family have a foundation set up for Leticia? If so, please send me the information and I will make a donation on her behalf and mine. If you would like for me to do it annonymously that will be fine too. If you dont I fully understand. Just please understand that I in no way meant to harm you or your family, just was using the discussion board to state the facts that I have. Like I said, I am truly sorry for this and it is over with this last message. You and your family take care and I hope you can find it in your heart one day to forgive John, and put all of this behind you.

Posted by: Mark at January 30, 2008 2:23 PM

you are all crazy, in todays world money talks, police are dirty, and judges are easily persuaded…he will get off and u should not be surprised….pigs…makes me sic reading this

Posted by: other side of the law FTL at January 31, 2008 4:02 AM

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