November 18, 2007
Officer Down: Police Officer John Miller
Officer Down: John Miller - [Livermore, California]
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
Additional Information: Officer Miller had served with the California Highway Patrol for one year and was assigned to the Dublin Stations. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Incident Details: Officer John Miller was killed in an automobile accident while searching for a reported drunk driver.
The officer was driving south on North Livermore Avenue about a mile north of Interstate 580 when he lost control of his patrol car around a sharp curve and struck a tree.
Officers from the Livermore Police Department located the drunken driving suspect, on eastbound I-580 near Greenville Road, and he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of DUI, evading police, and driving without a license.
End of Watch: Friday, November 16, 2007
CHP officer dies in crash
By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle
LIVERMORE, Calif. - A California Highway Patrol officer was killed when he crashed into a tree in Livermore during a search to find a suspected drunk driver, authorities said today.
Officer John Miller, 32, was driving south on North Livermore Avenue about a mile north of Interstate 580 when he crashed his Ford Crown Victoria into a tree at about 9:15 p.m. Friday after losing control on a sharp curve, said CHP Officer Steve Creel.
Miller and other CHP officers were searching for a suspected drunken driver when the collision occurred, the CHP said. It was dark, and the two-lane rural road is not lit, authorities said.
CHP dispatchers lost contact with Miller, and a motorist later reported that his car had crashed into a tree, Creel said.
Miller crashed on a part of the road where it curves sharply to the right and descends, Creel said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the CHP'S Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.
Livermore police located the drunken driving suspect on eastbound I-580 near Greenville Road, and the suspect was arrested by the CHP, Creel said.
A Lodi resident, Miller joined the CHP office in Dublin in March after graduating from the six-month CHP Academy in West Sacramento. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
Miller is the first Dublin CHP officer to die on duty since 1991, when the office was established, Creel said.
"It's law enforcement," CHP Sgt. Les Bishop said today. "You have danger coming at you at all angles at every time. It shows the dedication of every single officer, because we all know the job is dangerous-but when you love the job, it doesn't really matter."
Funeral services are pending.
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