A convicted DUI driver faces additional charges after he is suspected of causing a crash then leaving the hospital before police arrived, only to be found later stumbling in the road.
James Thomas Miller, 52, of Santa Rosa has three DUI convictions, including one in May, seven drivers license suspensions and is on probation, according to the CHP.
He was arrested again on Tuesday on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury, driving on a suspended license and violation of probation after a 5:30 p.m. crash on Highway 1 near Coleman Valley Road.
A CHP officer responding to the crash found a Ford F-150 truck that had drifted off of the road, struck an embankment and overturned in the road. Emergency personnel said the driver and passenger had been transported to Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, according to the CHP.
At the hospital, the officer found Kimberly Turpen, 46, of Santa Rosa being treated for injuries to her head and arm. She told the CHP Miller was driving at the time of the crash.
Hospital staff said Miller had left the hospital and a search of the area by Sebastopol officers located Miller at a bus stop on Petaluma Avenue, where he was stumbling in the roadway, according to the CHP.
Miller, who the CHP said admitted being the driver, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on DUI and other charges.
He also faces an additional felony charge of having four DUIs within 10 years.
— Lori A. Carter
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