Police Arrest Restaurateur

Officials: He Left Accident Scene

Posted: March 16, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg police arrested a downtown restaurant owner in connection with leaving the scene of a crash in February.
 
David Miller, 50, owner of Dave’s Downtown Taverna, was charged March 3 with felony leaving the scene of an accident and misdemeanor reckless driving for passing a school bus. Miller turned himself in.
 
Police say Miller clipped a pedestrian with the mirror of his vehicle at Thomas Harrison Middle School on Feb. 19, and that Miller didn’t stop to check on the person. The victim, an adult, was not seriously injured and didn’t need medical attention.
 
Miller “said that he had to pick up his child at her school and get to a doctor’s appointment in Charlottesville and went the wrong way on the bus lane and struck the victim,” according to court documents. Miller said the case is a misunderstanding but declined to comment further.
 
Dave’s Taverna is one of the city’s most well-known dining establishments at 121 S. Main St.
 
Miller is free on a $5,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 16 in Rockingham County General District Court.
 
A spokesman for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said a felony conviction could lead to the suspension or revocation of the restaurant’s liquor license. If convicted, the ABC Board would likely schedule a hearing to discuss the case.
 
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com


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