Randy White, former pastor at embattled Without Walls, charged with DUI

Randy Alan White, who helped found the Without Walls International Church that later came under federal scrutiny for its ostentatious spending, was arrested and charged Saturday night with driving under the influence, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Tampa police stopped White, 53, around 11:30 p.m. near Ashley Drive and Interstate 275. Police recorded his blood-alcohol level at 0.093 and 0.095 percent, records show. Florida law presumes a driver impaired at 0.08 percent.

The Tampa Tribune says:

White, 53, who cultivated a bad-boy image while he and ex-wife Paula White built Without Walls into a multimillion-dollar ministry, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ashley Drive exit ramp of southbound Interstate 275, according to Hillsborough County Jail records.

Released after posting $500 bail Sunday morning, White could not be reached for comment. […]

Without Walls was once one of the fastest-growing Christian ministries in the country and allowed the Whites to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, expensive cars and homes.

But Randy White struggled to keep the church growing after he and Paula announced they were divorcing in 2007 and she left to focus on her own ministry.

In July 2009, White stepped away from the church and welcomed back his ex-wife as its senior pastor, saying he needed a change after experiencing stress-related health problems.

It’s unclear what role Randy White plays in the church. The church’s most recent annual report to the Florida Secretary of State’s office, filed in April, lists him as the registered agent for Without Walls and as one of its directors.

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