A former CHP captain began his trial Monday in a controversial driving-under-the-influence case that some have questioned for the delay and the handling of the arrest.
Martin Joel “Marty” Whited, who has since retired from the CHP after being demoted to lieutenant, pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge in connection with a March 2009 incident.
The CHP recommended criminal charges against Whited after sheriff’s deputies discovered him on March 12, 2009, inside a state car on a roadside east of Templeton.
The case was contentious in some law enforcement circles because of the allegation that Whited had been drinking before the episode.
The deputies who responded reported who he was and his condition to their watch commander. A CHP officer then went to the scene. Whited was not arrested nor ever administered a blood or breath test for intoxication.
Sheriff’s deputies and a CHP official who were at the scene said Whited appeared drunk, according to the CHP report. He smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and was confused about his whereabouts, according to a CHP report.
— Nick Wilson