A Council Bluffs police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Sunday night following a one-vehicle crash and disturbance.

Robert G. Miller, 57, was booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail for first-offense drunken driving. He was also ticketed on suspicion of lacking control of a vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage collision.

Miller is a 33-year veteran of the department. When he was reached by telephone, Miller said he had no comment.

Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody said the incident began about 10 p.m. Sunday when officers were dispatched to 757 W. Broadway to investigate a disturbance.

Investigators determined that a hit and run had occurred a few minutes earlier near Eighth Street and Avenue B. Evidence indicated that a 2001 Toyota Sequoia sport utility vehicle had struck a tree, backed over a stop sign and a street sign and drove through a wooden fence. Area residents followed the SUV until it came to a rest nearby, Carmody said.

Officers found Miller and the residents in a disturbance when they arrived. An Iowa State Patrol trooper was called to the scene to aid the investigation.

Miller’s blood alcohol content was not immediately available.

kevin.cole@owh.com, 402-444-1272

Kevin Cole covers Omaha crime and public safety news. Follow him on Twitter @KevinColeOmaha. Phone: 402-444-1272.

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