Atlas man charged in 3-county chase free on bail
CATAWISSA - The Atlas man who allegedly led police on a vehicle pursuit through three counties Aug. 25 was released from Columbia County Prison Friday on $50,000 unsecured bail.
Robert Clair Miller, 36, of 147 E. Saylor St., Atlas, waived his right to a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Friday in front of Magisterial District Judge Craig Long, of Catawissa.
Miller, who appeared with his public defender Leslie Bryden, his girlfriend and cousin in the courtroom, was dressed in an orange prison uniform and was shackled by handcuffs.
Miller signed paperwork in front of Long, said he understood the terms of his release and asked to change his address from 19 Mountain Trail Road, Tower City, to the Atlas address.
Once he was finished in the courtroom, he was escorted by two officers from Conygham Township and Frackville back to a police cruiser and was taken back to the country prison where he was scheduled to be released.
His next appearance in the Court of Common Pleas has not yet been scheduled.
Miller was charged by Conyngham Township Police Officer-in-Charge Philip Schlegel with felony charges of flight to avoid apprehension, attempting to elude police, three counts of altered, forged or counterfeit documents and plates, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count of resisting arrest, three counts of accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle or property, two stop sign violations, and one count each of reckless driving, careless driving, driving under suspension, unauthorized transfer or use of registration, fraudulent use or removal of a registration plate, driving at an unsafe speed and driving without insurance.
The incident that lead to Miller's arrest began shortly after midnight Aug. 25 with a traffic violation in Aristes and ended more than one hour later when Miller drove on sidewalks in Mount Carmel Borough.
In between, he passed through Ashland, Butler Township, Conyngham Township, Lavelle, Locust Summit, Locustdale and Mount Carmel Township - and some of them twice.
Miller was taken into custody at gunpoint after 1 a.m. at Fifth and Locust streets after police officers used patrol vehicles to pin his Ford Explorer.