Police say man tried to abandon stolen vehicle near Dotsero | VailDaily.com

Police say man tried to abandon stolen vehicle near Dotsero

Donald James Miller
Jessie Mosher |

DOTSERO — A Minnesota man who was allegedly trying to abandon a stolen pickup truck was spotted by Eagle County sheriff’s deputies walking away from the vehicle Tuesday, allegedly dragging a suitcase full of stolen items behind him.

Donald James Miller, 26, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, has already been charged in Minnesota with six felonies in the past two years, three for arson, and one as recently as Jan. 28.

Miller was rolling through Eagle County in a stolen Dodge pickup truck he’s accused of stealing from a gas station in Jefferson County.

He ran out of gas near Dotsero and sheriff’s deputies spotted the vehicle stopped on westbound Interstate 70 near Dotsero.

That’s about the time deputies say they spotted Miller walking away from the truck, dragging a suitcase behind him, at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A search ensued. Deputies, including a canine unit, found Miller hiding in some thick bushes near the Colorado River.

The suitcase he was dragging turned out to be full of stolen items, police said. He was carrying some methamphetamine, deputies said.

Miller was booked into the Eagle County jail on the warrant out of Minnesota, plus charges in Eagle County for driving while revoked; theft, a Class 2 misdemeanor; aggravated motor vehicle theft, a Class 6 felony; and possession of methamphetamines, a Class 2 drug felony.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.