Montcalm County Commissioner Jeremy Miller was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Commissioner Miller was initially stopped by the police for speeding near his home. Miller was clocked driving 58 mph in a 30 mph zone.
The police officer claims to have smelled alcohol on Miller. The officer asked him if he had consumed alcohol and Miller did not initially provide a clear answer. According to the police report, Miller said it had "been a night." Following protocol, the police officer requested for Miller to perform a series of field sobriety tests. The officer claims Miller was unable to walk in a straight line. After taking a roadside breathalyzer test, the police officer took Miller into custody.
His roadside breathalyzer registered at .14% (blood alcohol content). The legal limit for driving under the influence in Michigan is .08%. Upon being arrested, the police officer asked Miller if he understood why he was being arrested. Miller replied, "Because I was being stupid, those damn chicken nuggets."
Miller underwent two blood tests while in police custody. According to the police report, his blood alcohol level was .13%. Miller has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He is scheduled to have a bench trial at the end of March. Miller was elected to serve as a commissioner in November 2016. His term commenced January 1, 2017. Miller provided the following statement regarding the incident:
"I have always tried to meet the highest of standards but realize I have failed in this instance," he said. "I will re-dedicate myself to meeting those high standards in the future.
"I appreciate your support and understanding during this difficult time and you have my solemn pledge that I will continue to work hard to make our county a better place to live and raise our families."
If convicted, Miller could face up to 93 days in jail, pay a fine up to $500 and have his driver's license suspended up to 6 months.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in the Washtenaw County area, contact my law office for legal representation. I provide legal representation for Michigan professionals. Do not delay in obtaining legal representation. Doing so could result in many negative consequences. Depending on the nature of the charge, I may be able to have it reduced or completely dismissed.