Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Officer fired for leaving scene of accident

Enquirer staff and news services

        DAYTON — A police officer convicted earlier this year of assaulting a restaurant owner has been fired for leaving the scene of an accident last year, the Dayton police chief said.

        Officer Randy Miller, 38, was fired March 22, Chief William P. McManus said Monday. The chief described the firing as unfortunate but necessary.

        “Police are held to a higher standard,” McManus said. “To maintain our credibility, these things become necessary.”

        The Fraternal Order of Police will appeal, president David Maynes said.

        Miller's attorney, Robert Caspar, said his client was devastated by the firing.

        “He lost a 16-year-career,” Caspar said. “That was his whole life.”

        Miller was placed on probation in November, two months after pleading no contest in Clark County to leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop within an assured clear distance.

        Miller was driving a car issued by the police department June 27 when the car rear-ended another vehicle on Interstate 70, the State Highway Patrol said. Troopers said they later found Miller's vehicle abandoned in a wooded area.

        Miller first said he left his car parked in front of his Dayton home with the keys inside, but later told police he wanted to report an accident, authorities said.

        In an unrelated case, Miller was convicted Feb. 28 of assaulting Dayton restaurant owner Chris Tsamasiros. He was sentenced to 70 days of home detention on March 14 and fined $250 plus court costs. He also was ordered to attend an anger management program, continue treatment with a psychiatrist and refrain from using alcohol during his two-year supervised probation.


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