Man convicted of trying to kill police officerPublished 11:39am Thursday, March 13, 2014
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
A Birmingham man is scheduled to be sentenced on April 16 after he was found guilty by a jury on March 13 of attempting to run over a Pelham police officer in 2012.
A Shelby County grand jury took about seven-and-a-half hours to return a guilty verdict on 45-year-old Todd Sterling Miller, whose address was listed on Ridgemont Road in Birmingham. Miller’s address previously was listed on Diane Circle in Alabaster.
The jury’s verdict came after a three-day trial before Shelby County District Court Judge Sonny Conwill. The jury found Miller guilty of attempting to run over Pelham Police Department Lt. David Rushton on March 13, 2012 while Rushton was attempting to deploy a spike strip to stop Miller’s green Nissan Xterra.
According to the Sheriff’s Office at the time of Miller’s arrest, Task Force members used “deadly force” to apprehend Miller in March 2012 during a high-speed, multi-city pursuit ending on Interstate 65 between mile marker 231 and 228 in Calera. No law enforcement personnel were injured in the incident, but Miller was treated at the scene and was flown to UAB Hospital for further treatment.
Miller also faces another attempted murder charges for allegedly striking three U.S. marshals’ vehicles ““after accelerating to a high rate of speed after emergency equipment had been activated requesting that he come to a stop.”
As of March 13, Miller’s attempted murder charge related to the U.S. marshals was still pending.
In a bond recommendation filed with Miller’s original arrest warrant, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office alleged Miller “has stated to a witness in these cases, in summary, that he lives day-to-day and flees from the police because he will be sent to prison for the rest of his life if he is caught.
“Additionally, he told this witness that he has fled from police multiple times in recent months in order to avoid going to jail,” read the bond recommendation.
Miller has remained in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $3.5 million since his 2012 arrest.
Calera, Alabaster and Pelham police officers and the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Department of Public Safety assisted in Miller’s arrest.