Update: Man who drove into empty pool told deputy he was 'drowning'

Becky Campbell • Nov 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The Bristol man who drove his car into an empty swimming pool late Friday told an officer who responded that he was drowning in the pool, court documents filed in the case said.

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy David Cate responded to the incident at 108 Rosewood Circle just before midnight Friday night. When he arrived, he found the vehicle in the empty pool and Nathan Miller standing beside his 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Miller, 33, 57 Tulip Grove Circle, No. 6, Bristol, was ultimately charged with DUI, unlawful drug paraphernalia, failure to show proof of insurance and driving on a suspended license.

When Cate found Miller standing in the empty pool, he told the man to get out, but Miller told him “he couldn’t and that he was drowning in the pool,” Cate wrote in the warrant.

Miller did exit the pool and had a smell of alcohol on him and had slurred speech, Cate reported. He told the officer he’d taken a prescribed medication, which he thought was oxycodone.

Washington County/Johnson City EMS responded to the scene and Miller told them his neck hurt and he couldn’t stand up, Cate wrote in the warrant.

During the investigation, officers found a hypodermic needle on the pool floor beside the passenger’s side as well as a crumpled-up dollar bill with a white rock in plastic inside it. Officers field tested the rock positive for crack cocaine, the court documents said.

Neither Miller or his passenger, Danny Banks, 55, 433 Taylor St., Bristol, claimed ownership of the items.

Miller was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center after he complained of a neck injury. He was treated and released and immediately arrested.

Banks was also arrested on charges of possession of schedule II drugs and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Both men are scheduled for a hearing in Washington County Sessions Court Tuesday.

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