Harvest Dawn White Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on July 14, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, HARVEST DAWN WHITE, a 36-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, pled guilty to negligent vehicular assault. Sentencing has been set for October 13, 2010. He is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Cabrera, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On November 26, 2009, law enforcement received a report of a drunk driver coming from Wyoming onto the Crow Reservation. Soon after receiving the report, an officer observed a car matching the description. The officer tried to follow the car but it fled and crashed near Lodge Grass. The officer observed WHITE crawl out of the driver's side door of the car. There were two passengers in the car, one seriously hurt. It was later determined that the female passenger had suffered a dislocated hip. WHITE's BAC was .297 when taken at the hospital in Crow Agency.
Both passengers told officers at the scene that WHITE was driving. WHITE also told an officer that he should have gone "faster, to make the jump."
WHITE faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.