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.
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