Nisqually Tribal police officer arrested Saturday in Olympia

Staff writerNovember 19, 2013 

Washington State Patrol troopers arrested a Nisqually Tribal police officer during a traffic stop in West Olympia early Saturday morning, citing him with misdemeanor resisting arrest and obstruction.

Willard White, 39, was arrested when he repeatedly refused to obey a trooper's commands to remain in his vehicle after the trooper had White's wife to perform field sobriety tests during a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue SW, WSP Trooper Guy Gill said.

White's wife was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence, Gill said, reading from the police report.

A trooper pulled over a vehicle being driven by White's wife about 1 a.m. Saturday because it was drifting between lanes on Harrison, Gill said. When the driver rolled down her window, the trooper immediately smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, according to Gill.

Initially after making the traffic stop, White announced himself as a Nisqually Tribal police officer, Gill said.

When the trooper arrested White's wife on suspicion of driving under the influence, White became hostile with the trooper, and the trooper requested backup from an additional trooper and an Olympia Police Officer, Gill said.

After White exited the vehicle, he became confrontational, and used swear words toward the officer, Gill said. At one point the trooper unholstered his taser and raised it toward White, Gill said. But the trooper did not deploy the taser, Gill said.

Gill said the police report indicates White's conduct was "very unprofessional." White "was given multiple chances to comply" with the trooper's commands to remain in his vehicle and to be silent before placing him under arrest on suspicion of obstruction, Gill added.

When the trooper and an Olympia officer attempted to move White to a police squad car after his arrest, White initially refused to move, Gill added.

Gill said White was treated no differently than anyone else would have been under the circumstances.

The Nisqually Tribal Police could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

White bailed out of the Thurston County Jail Saturday after his arrest.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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