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Wausau alderman reaches plea deal in drunken driving fleeing

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Alderman Tom Miller pleads no contest to a misdemeanor fleeing and first offense operating while intoxicated charge after police say he failed to stop for them while driving home drunk from a football party October 6, 2009.
Alderman Tom Miller pleads no contest to a misdemeanor fleeing and first offense operating while intoxicated charge after police say he failed to stop for them while driving home drunk from a football party October 6, 2009.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A Wausau alderman has reached a plea deal to reduced charges for fleeing police while driving drunk in October.

Tom Miller pled no contest to an amended charge of misdemeanor fleeing. He had originally been charged with a felony for failing to stop for an officer’s lights and sirens as he drove home on Merrill Avenue early October 6th.

Prosecutors will amend the charge even further if Miller keeps a clean record, remains sober and completes alcohol counseling over the next year.

Miller also pled no contest to his first operating while intoxicated charge. He agreed to pay a $749 forfeiture and will have his driver’s license revoked for seven months.

Miller was scheduled to go on trial on the fleeing charge this morning. But he reached the plea deal late last night, according to defense attorney Gene Linehan.

Miller told police he had drank six to seven beers at a football watching party the night before. Police arrested the 39-year-old in the driveway of his west-side home.

Miller, who will not seek a third City Council term this spring, could have been removed from the Council had he been convicted of a felony. Felons are not allowed to hold public office in Wisconsin.

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