Saturday, October 21, 2023, 1:17 a.m
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — A DUI suspect has been charged with six counts of attempted murder after prosecutors said he intentionally drove his truck onto a sidewalk in Huntington Beach last week, striking pedestrians and ramming the vehicle into a department store.
In addition to the attempted murder felony charges, 54-year-old Tuan Miller of Anaheim was charged with one felony count each of driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, vandalism and evading a police officer, a news release said.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, if convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The incident occurred at the Bella Terra shopping center on Edinger Avenue on October 13 around 8 p.m.
Miller is accused of intentionally hitting two women outside a Kohl’s department store.
According to prosecutors, the driver then revved his engine and accelerated “towards three other people. He struck one of the people who was trapped in the front of Miller’s car as it crashed through the store’s glass doors.”
Three people injured in the crash were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. A victim was performing with a group of singers outside Kohl’s when a truck plowed into them.
Police officers saw the driver flee the scene in a red truck, which led to a chase, authorities said. The chase ended shortly before the scene of the accident after officers performed a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle.
The damaged truck apparently crashed into a light pole and came to rest on the sidewalk.
“A truck pulled up on the curb, stopped, and some of the people watching us perform saw the truck and said, ‘Hey, get out of here,'” said Chris Ring, who sang with the group.
“The truck accelerated, drove toward us, hit one of our singers and carried him right through the front doors and into the store,” Ring told Eyewitness News.
The accident caused $425,000 in damage to the store, the DA’s office said.
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