Former police sergeant dies in Shore car crash

September 23, 2006

A man killed in a car accident early Thursday on the Eastern Shore was identified yesterday as a retired Baltimore police sergeant who was returning from a law enforcement convention in Ocean City, state and city police said.

Paul S. Miller, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 1 a.m. on U.S. 50 at Walston Switch Road near Salisbury, according to Maryland State Police.

Maryland State Police Cpl. Kevin Beauchamp said the accident occurred when Miller's car sideswiped another vehicle, both of which were driving east. Beauchamp said the passenger-side door on Miller's car scraped the driver's side door of the other car. He said Miller's car veered off the road, went into woods and burst into flames.

Beauchamp, who investigated the crash, said he did not know whether Miller was trying to pass the other car or fell asleep at the wheel, but he said speed was a factor and that Miller was at fault. The driver of the other car was not identified and was not injured.

Miller retired from the Baltimore Police Department on Dec. 31, 2002, after having served 32 years. Before joining the city force, he spent five months in the Army in 1969. He was honorably discharged.

He was a 1967 graduate of Parkville Senior High School. Police said Smith earned an associate's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1973 and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore in 1974.

Baltimore police said Miller earned six commendations during his career, including a unit citation for being part of a squad that in 1981 and 1982 made arrests that resulted in 4,479 criminal charges and seized 292 guns. He was awarded a bronze star in 1982 for making 15 major drug arrests.

Funeral plans were incomplete yesterday.

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