Senator charged with drunk driving, television stations report


Television stations out of Topeka are reporting this afternoon that Democratic state Sen. Vic Miller was arrested on a drunk-driving charge.

KSNT and WIBW are reporting that Miller was booked at the Shawnee County jail at about 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

Last fall, Democratic precinct leaders picked Miller to fill Gov.-elect Laura Kelly’s seat in the state Senate. He is serving out Kelly’s Senate term, which ends in 2020.

Miller, a lawyer, made news last year when he raised questions about Republican state Rep. Adam Thomas’ residency status when he filed to run for the Kansas House in District 26. Thomas was eventually charged with election perjury.

Miller has a long resume of government service, including as a House member from 1979 to 1984, a member of the Topeka City Council from 1985 to 1993, and a member of the Shawnee County Commission from 1993 to 1996 and again as a county commissioner from 2001 to 2011. Miller also served as an administrative judge of the Topeka Municipal Court from 2011 to 2016.