Charges: Iron Range man’s BAC more than 3 times legal limit during fatal drunk driving crash

Michael Miller, 40, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide after a fatal crash...
Michael Miller, 40, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide after a fatal crash Friday night on the Iron Range.(KBJR 6/CBS 3)
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 11:05 AM CDT
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EMBARRASS TOWNSHIP, MN -- Authorities say a Virginia man’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit during a crash that killed a prominent Iron Range woman Friday night.

Michael Miller, 40, was charged with criminal vehicular homicide in St. Louis County court Tuesday.

The crash happened at 11:32 p.m. Friday on Highway 21 near W. Salo Road in Embarrass Township.

According to court documents, Miller is accused of crossing over the center line and hitting the vehicle Joni Dahl, 39, of rural Eveleth, was driving head-on.

According to court documents, when officers responded to the scene, they found Dahl’s body in her vehicle, which had gone into the ditch.

Deputies said Miller had a limp and had “watery eyes and slurred speech.” They say he also smelled like alcohol.

Miller told authorities that he had been at the Hideaway Bar that night, and estimated he had his last drink around 11:30 p.m. It was midnight by the time deputies were interviewing him.

A local firefighter on scene also told authorities he saw Miller at a different bar around 2 p.m. that day.

An on-scene test showed Miller’s blood alcohol content was .247, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Miller was taken to the hospital, but was then taken to jail.

Dahl served on the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, worked at Giants Ridge, and did a lot of work for the Iron Range’s racing community.

We’ll hear from those who knew and loved Dahl, tonight on the KBJR 6 news at 10 p.m.

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