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Corporal for over a decade fired following DUI arrest, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says

Posted at 10:38 AM, Aug 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 18:46:00-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A man who worked as a corporal with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office for over a decade lost his job following an early morning DUI arrest. 

Cpl. James Miller, 50, was arrested when deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on Bayshore Boulevard around 2:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Deputies say Miller was the only person in the vehicle that struck a telephone pole and tree. They also say he refused medical treatment on scene. 

Miller had been a corporal at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Patrol Operations Bureau since 2001, according to the sheriff's office. Officials say he was immediately fired following his arrest. 

Deputies who responded to the crash say Miller had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled distinctly of alcohol. On scene, Miller agreed to do field sobriety tests, but deputies say he performed poorly on them. 

He was charged with one count of driving under the influence and taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident, officials say.