LeRoy man gets probation after obstruction of process

Published 6:39 am Friday, March 19, 2010

A LeRoy man accused of fleeing from a cop in his car — all the way into his own garage — was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation Monday.

Richard Miller, 51, was convicted Monday of misdemeanor charges for careless driving and obstruction of legal process.

Miller was originally charged with one count of fleeing from an officer in a motor vehicle, a felony, as well as a misdemeanor DWI before reaching a plea agreement regarding the December incident.

Miller was pulled over by a Mower County deputy on Dec. 17 around 11 p.m. near Highway 56 and County Road 6 for allegedly weaving on the road and driving over the center line.

Miller initially slowed his car down, but then sped off on County Road 6. He drove all to way to 10787 755th Ave. — his residence — and pulled into the garage.

The deputy approached and told Miller to step away from his vehicle. Miller refused to comply, according to the complaint, and asked why he was stopped for doing “nothing wrong.”

The deputy then told the suspect he was going to arrest him, and Miller said he couldn’t be arrested on his own property. When a LeRoy cop arrived, Miller began to cooperate more, and he took an initial alcohol breath test, which he failed.

Miller had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol during the arrest, the complaint states.

He told authorities he had a few drinks at the bar before the incident.

Miller will also undergo chemical dependency treatment as a part of his sentence.