08/13/2009 - Sunset Hills police officer Christine Miller pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, Aug. 12, to charges in an alleged drunk-driving accident that killed four people.
Miller, 41, faces four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and a single felony count of assault in the second degree. She is accused of having been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the March 21 collision. The incident occurred while she was off-duty.
Her not guilty plea came at an arraignment on Wednesday. An arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal complaint in the presence of the defendant.
Miller is reported to have been driving her 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse eastbound in the westbound lanes of Dougherty Ferry Road when she struck a vehicle turning west onto Dougherty Ferry from Des Peres. The collision occurred at about 1:45 a.m.
A chemical test of her blood taken at 4:35 a.m. revealed a blood/alcohol content of .169 percent — double the level for what is considered legally drunk, according to the State Highway Patrol.
In addition to criminal charges, Miller faces a civil suit filed June 15 by the parents of the four who died and the survivor. The four students who died were all from India.
Because of head injuries sustained in the collision, Miller is under house arrest and is required to wear a monitoring ankle bracelet.
Miller, a Kirkwood resident, is suspended without pay from the Sunset Hill Police Department.