A Kansas City man who tried to flee a DWI checkpoint in Independence while intoxicated will spend more than eight years in federal prison for felony firearm possession.
Derrick White, 30, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Kansas City to eight years and 10 months in federal prison. He had pleaded guilty in February to having a 9mm handgun when he tried – and failed – to elude a sobriety checkpoint two years ago and police searched his vehicle.
According to the U.S. attorney's office, White has spent about 10 of the past 11 years incarcerated or on parole, probation or supervised release. White has four prior felony convictions for felony possession, tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, as well as 27 misdemeanor convictions involving guns, alcohol and drugs, resisting arrest and driving offenses.
White was driving while intoxicated at about 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2016, when he approached a DWI checkpoint near U.S. 24 and Vassar Road in Independence. He refused to stop and instead sped away, and officers used stop-sticks to end the chase. According to court documents, he failed field sobriety tests, refused a breathalyzer test and argued with officers, who found the handgun with an obliterated serial number underneath the driver's seat.
According to court documents, White was arrested by Kansas City Police in May 2017 after officers responded to a disturbance and tried to flee on foot. Again, he was combative and belligerent with police, and they found a semi-automatic gun in his possession. White was too intoxicated to be booked, so officers had to take him to a hospital, where he made direct and indirect threatening comments about shooting officers. He said he was happy each time he heard an officer had been shot and, “When I get out in 10 or 15, shootin' you is a cold fact.”