Seaside Park “Scofflaw” Convicted of Eluding Police
The Seaside Park man accused of taking police on a mile-long low-speed chase after ignoring their orders to stop on Labor Day 2012 is convicted at trial.
A jury Tuesday found David A. Miller, 59, guilty of a third-degree count of eluding an officer, according to information from the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.
Miller's sentencing date is scheduled for August 15, when the court will decide the disposition of 18 driving infractions with which he was charged.
Authorities speculate that his likely sentence will consist of as much as 364 days in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, with probation lasting one to five years. The potential applicable penalty is much harsher - three to five years in a state prison.
Miller also risks losing driving privileges for a periof of six months to two years and a possible fine of up to $15,000, officials said.
According to details in the case, Miller was spotted committing road violations in his 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup at about 10:32 PM on September 1, 2012, by Seaside Park PD Sergeant Matthew Brady and Officer Allen Mantz.
Miller was accused of driving off despite orders to pull over, resulting in the slow pursuit that ended 1.3 miles later when he stopped and was arrested.
Miller posted $50,000 bail the following day and has been free since then, but the court barred him from driving or operating a motor vehicle as a condition of bail.
Sources at the Prosecutor's Office also note that Miller has two subsequent eluding charges pending, issued on November 13, 2013 and March 11 of this year, along with a fourth-degree contempt-of-court count delivered May 7.