Driver with child in car charged with aggravated DUI

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:33AM

A Keene woman was charged with disorderly conduct last week after she went to the Jaffrey Police Department to argue with police following the arrest of her husband, who allegedly drove drunk with the woman and her 8-year-old daughter in the car. 

Danielle White, 28, of Keene, came to the police department around 11:05 p.m. on Oct. 11 to argue with police, according to a police log entry, after police arrested Kanye Pridgen, 40, of Keene, earlier in the evening on charges of aggravated DWI, DWI, speeding, transportation of liquor, and driving after revocation or suspension. 

“He was fine and cooperative but she was not happy,” said Police Chief Bill Oswalt, in an interview Wednesday. Oswalt said the aggravated DWI charge was a result of having a passenger under the age of 16 in the car. 

Police stopped a 2014 Toyota Corolla, driven by Pridgen, on Mountain Road near Wolf’s Way around 9:11 p.m. for a motor vehicle violation, according to a police log entry. Pridgen was stopped because he was speeding, according to Oswalt. 

During the stop, police said they discovered that Pridgen had consumed alcohol and arrested him after he agreed to perform field sobriety tests. 

White was also impaired and was unable to drive, which caused police to take her and her daughter into protective custody, according to police. They were both given a courtesy ride to White’s mother’s residence in Jaffrey. 

White would later show up at the department to argue with police while her husband was being processed, according to the log. 

Police say that White was argumentative and yelling very loudly, and was still intoxicated. Despite being told to go home, White continually banged on the department door and tried to push her way back into the building, police said.

“White was argumentative and insulting the entire time we were with her,” read the log. 

The log entry reads that White alleged that police were racially profiling her husband, but Pridgen did not make such claims, according to police. Police noted in the log that Pridgen was friendly and cooperative throughout the processing process. 

Attempts to contact Pridgen and White were unsuccessful. 

Pridgen was released on $1,000 personal recognizance and given an Oct. 26 court date. White was released on a must appear summons and given a Nov. 9 court date. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.