12-02-2004, 08:57 AM #1Former Member
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Powerball Winner spends night in the slammer
Record Powerball jackpot winner Jack Whittaker spent Tuesday night in jail after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and carrying a dangerous weapon without a license.
13 News was the first to report the latest arrest of the 57-year-old Scott Depot man.
Whittaker also was charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle and failure to submit to a Breathalyzer test after he wrecked his Hummer on the West Virginia Turnpike.
The accident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after Whittaker passed through the southbound toll booth at the North Beckley exit. Whittaker was alone in the vehicle.
A police report said Whittaker had a small pistol in his left boot and was carrying $117,000 in cash.
Whittaker complained of back pain so he was taken to Raleigh General Hospital. He was treated there and released before being booked into the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver about 1 a.m. The mug shot taken at the jail is above.
The money he was carrying was given to his daughter when she arrived to see him at the hospital.
Whittaker was arraigned Wednesday morning by Magistrate T.H. Wills and released after posting a $1,700 cash bond. No date has been set for his return to court.
This is Whittaker's second DUI arrest this year. He also was arrested on Jan. 25 on a drunken driving charge