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The California Highway Patrol said a Santa Rosa man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of committing his fourth DUI within 10 years. James Thomas Miller, 52, is suspected of driving a Ford F-150 truck that drifted off Coleman Valley Road on the Sonoma Coast around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, CHP officer Jonathan Sloat said. The truck struck an embankment and overturned on the road, Sloat said.
Emergency responders told the CHP the driver and a passenger were taken to Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Sloat said. CHP Officer Brian Hiss located the truck’s registration and court paperwork that identified Miller as the owner, Sloat said. Hiss contacted the passenger, Kimberly Turpen, 46, of Santa Rosa, at the hospital where she was being treated for head and arm injuries, Sloat said.
Turpen said Miller was driving the truck when it crashed, Sloat said.Hospital staff told the CHP Miller walked out of the hospital, and Sebastopol police found him at a bus stop on Petaluma Avenue where he had been stumbling on the road, Sloat said. When Miller failed a sobriety test, he was arrested for felony DUI causing injury, driving with a suspended license and violating his probation, Sloat said.
Miller also faces an additional charge of having four DUIs within 10 years, Sloat said. Miller’s most recent DUI conviction was on May 7 and he has seven previous license suspensions, Sloat said.Miller is being held under no bail in the Sonoma County jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.
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