Detective Miller says "I would just like to say that I am saddened and regret the negative publicity that this situation has put on my family, the entire Albany Police Department and the citizens of Albany. For over 19 years with the police department I have handled my position responsibly, with dignity and with pride. As I move forward it is my full intent to approach my current situation the same way."
Notice Detective Miller's lack of personal responsibility in this matter.
Albany police spokesman admits driving impaired
APRIL 1, 2011, 5:34 P.M. ET
ALBANY, N.Y. — The longtime spokesman for the Albany, N.Y., Police Department has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving an unmarked police car while impaired by alcohol.
Detective James Miller was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over last month for driving without headlights and refused to submit to an alcohol test.
Under a plea bargain, Miller will pay $550 in fines and court charges and must attend a victim impact panel and a state drinking and driving program.
He's been suspended without pay and Police Chief Steven Krokoff says Friday an internal department investigation is continuing.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares says the plea deal is standard for a case without "aggravating factors."
Miller is a 19-year veteran who's been the department's public face in most news reports.
—Copyright 2011 Associated Press