CLINTON — A DeWitt man is charged with felonies for eluding and serious injury by vehicle.
Christopher L. Miller, 39, is charged with eluding, injury, OWI drugs or participating in a felony and serious injury by vehicle, both Class D felonies. Attorney John Kies is appointed to represent Miller. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 24.
According to the affidavit, at 9:56 p.m. March 29, Miller was traveling south on U.S. 61 near DeWitt. Miller was later identified as the operator of a 2005 Toyota Scion. The vehicle was called in as a possible suspect in a shoplifting incident in Maquoketa. An officer activated his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. Miller allegedly failed to yield to emergency vehicles and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled into Scott County and back into Clinton County at a high rate of speed, with the highest speed observed at 128 miles per hour.
The affidavit continues that Miller failed to obey a stop sign and lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of 260th Avenue and U.S. 30. The vehicle rolled and came to rest in the east ditch. Miller was belted into the driver’s seat of the vehicle when law enforcement arrived. The passenger was ejected from the vehicle and was in serious condition at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City at the time the affidavit was written.
The affidavit states that numerous indicators of drug intoxication were observed. An officer observed several indicators of drug impairment for controlled substances on scene and while evaluating Miller at Genesis East Hospital.
“Due to the serious injuries to (the vehicle passenger) which could likely result in death and reasonable grounds to believe Miller was under the influence of controlled substance impairing his ability to operate a vehicle, a search warrant for a sample of Miller’s blood for chemical testing was obtained and executed,” the affidavit states.
Results of that test are pending.