Please pray for the family of Officer John Miller, who lost his life in the line of duty last night. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his service to the state and his community. Our hearts and thoughts are with his wife and children.
The following story was taken from sacbee.com written by Blair Anthony Robertson.
A California Highway Patrol officer from Lodi, who graduated eight months ago from the CHP Academy in West Sacramento, died Friday night when his patrol car slammed into a tree after searching for a suspected drunken driver.
John Miller, 32, was patrolling in the Dublin area around 9:15 p.m. when he lost control of his car on a sharp bend on two-lane North Livermore Road, according to a CHP news release.
Miller had just finished looking for a motorist that had been reported as driving recklessly and possibly under the influence, according to the CHP statement.
Miller, who was driving alone, crashed 3/4 of a mile north of Interstate 580. Shortly afterward, Livermore police located the suspected vehicle and arrested Luis Solano, 21, who was charged with DUI, evading a peace officer and driving without a license.
In a written statement released Saturday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "Maria and I join all Californians in mourning the loss of Officer Miller, who gave his life in the line of duty while honorably protecting his fellow citizens. California's law enforcement officers protect our communities day in and day out and words cannot adequately express how grateful we are for their service and sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Miller's loved ones as they mourn the loss of a son, father, friend and fellow officer."
Capitol flags will fly at half-staff in honor of Miller. The officer is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and two children.