Albany Police Spox Appears in Court for DWI

Monday, Mar 21, 2011  |  Updated 2:06 PM EDT
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The spokesman for the Albany Police Department has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge.

Detective James Miller entered the plea Monday at his arraignment on driving while intoxicated charges.

Miller, the department's longtime public information officer, was pulled over Friday night on an Albany street.

Authorities say he was driving without headlights when his unmarked police vehicle was stopped. Officials say he refused to submit to an alcohol test.

Miller issued a statement saying he regretted the negative publicity the arrest brought to his family, the police department and the people of Albany.

Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff says Miller was suspended without pay.

Miller is a 19-year veteran who has been the department's public face in most media reports, including coverage of the damage caused by University at Albany college students during a drunken riot March 12.

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