Judge orders trial in Vacaville DUI crash case

By From page A3 | August 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man with two previous drunken driving convictions was ordered Friday to stand trial on a third drunken driving charge – this one for a late-night crash on Leisure Town Road that injured three youths on their way to Yosemite National Park.

Mark R. Miller, 52, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of driving under the influence and causing an injury collision. His attorney, Vince Maher, said at Miller’s probable cause hearing that Miller is doing well in an alcoholism treatment program.

One of the youths testified she was driving at the speed limit when she saw headlights in her rear view mirror approaching her Saturn coupe at a high speed. A few seconds later, Miller’s Chevy Trailblazer rear-ended the Saturn.

A Vacaville police officer at the crash scene arrested Miller, who registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.41 percent, more than five times the legal limit, according to hearing testimony.

Judge Robert Bowers ordered Miller, who has DUI convictions in 2010 and 2012, to return to court Aug. 29 on the charge that could result in a three-year prison sentence. Bowers told Miller he was lucky he was not looking at a second-degree murder charge because fortunately nobody died in the crash.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 16, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Bad things happen to good people when they abuse alcohol. Maybe time in jail will solve his addiction. Glad he didn't kill anybody.

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  • truth'nAugust 16, 2014 - 7:31 am

    Why is this Drunk out on Bail ? He can do "rehab" while in Jail and Prison. Rehab because you want to escape jail does not impress me.

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  • gemmaAugust 16, 2014 - 8:51 am

    truth'n-Oh, you've got a long wait and see ahead of you to see how many more DUI's he'll rack up before going to prison. I know of someone who had more than 5 or 6,maybe 7 or 8, they'd let him out so it would keep happening. One day he crashed the car with kids inside, still no prison for him, He got some more after that, and went to prison for a little bit, and stayed longer so he could come out with no parole check ups, so he was free to be a driving drunk again. They don't change until they die, or something extremely severe happens. I swear I read on here last yr about a guy with 15 DUI's. I think it's wrong that the judge told him he's lucky he's not facing a longer sentence for killing someone. It's all about the "possibilities" with these judges, and how they're really giving these people breaks, when he should be locked up for hitting a young person/people.She didn't deserve that. Remember the crash on 12 where the driver blamed the fact that he used Liquid Ice as a cook at Google, and he hit a car with 3 kids in it. I think two died, and one is paralyzed. That was the drivers SECOND DUI ACCIDENT RESULTING IN DEATH. He had previously hit an elderly couple and killed them, so why was he driving again? Because the system is broken, the judges are pathetic and lazy, and the criminals know they can get away with murder.

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  • such a jokeAugust 16, 2014 - 9:59 am

    Abrams will change everything right? Especially five great deals to Maher clients. He was one of the reasons she won the election. So she has to take care if those that got her elected.

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  • Hate DUiAugust 16, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Hopefully he only kills himself next time...because you know there will be a next time....

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