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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cop Spokesman Faces DWI Charge

Cop faces DWI charge
The Albany Times Union by Brendan J. Lyons - March 19, 2011
Albany police spokesman James Miller suspended without pay after DWI arrest

ALBANY, NY -- Detective James Miller, a longtime spokesman for the Albany Police Department, was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge in downtown Albany Friday night. Miller, who has been with the department for 19 years, was driving an unmarked departmental vehicle when he was stopped at about 9:25 p.m. near North Pearl and Orange streets by an Albany patrol officer, John Crossman. A person briefed on the arrest said Miller was stopped for allegedly driving without his headlights on. He allegedly refused to submit to an alcohol test. A sergeant arrived to oversee the arrest and Miller was taken to the South Station and processed for the arrest before being released, according to Chief Steven Krokoff. Miller has been suspended without pay pending an internal investigation. He is scheduled to appear in Albany City Court Monday. Miller's position has made him the public face of the police department and he's often sought after by reporters looking for details on cases large and small. His arrest was fodder for comments on several news sites Saturday, including the Times Union's Crime Confidential blog.

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