Shaun White settles drunkenness, vandalism charges

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm •  Published: November 7, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge signed off Wednesday on a deal between two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White and prosecutors to settle public intoxication and vandalism charges.

Susan Niland, the Nashville district attorney's spokeswoman, said prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges if White completed alcohol treatment, performed 24 hours of community service and paid restitution.

But White appeared in court a day early, and the judgment signed on Wednesday did not include the alcohol treatment provision. After the prosecutor who had worked on the agreement learned of the discrepancy, she talked with White's attorney and they agreed to return to court on Thursday to amend the conditions to include treatment.

Niland said White has shown proof that he already completed the treatment.

The public intoxication charge remains open with White required either to complete 24 hours of community service or to serve 42 days in jail. Niland said White opted for community service. He was scheduled to return to court on Jan. 25 to show that he had completed that provision.

The vandalism charge was dismissed on Wednesday because White already has paid restitution to the Nashville hotel where police say he drunkenly destroyed a telephone. Court documents do not indicate the amount of restitution paid, but the charge was vandalism under $500.

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