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September 16, 2014

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Bail raised to $200,000 for dancer in fatal DUI case

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Shauna Diane Miller

A prosecutor says a strip club dancer was driving drunk and high on marijuana in a crash last month that killed a Las Vegas man and injured his 2-year-old son in the backseat.

A Las Vegas judge raised bail Wednesday to $200,000 for Shauna Diane Miller, and set an April 24 evidence hearing in the felony DUI case.

The 26-year-old Miller is accused of causing a crash that killed 33-year-old James White early March 23.

Prosecutor Brian Rutledge told the judge Miller's blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit and her marijuana level was more than five times the limit.

Miller told investigators she drank two beers at the club and had taken the anti-anxiety medication Xanax the night before.

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  1. Why do that? Afraid she's going to skip town? It's called making bad decisions, that led to a life altering accident on so many people's behalves. But it was still an accident.

    This bail seems excessive.

  2. So how did she pass the breathalyzer test at the scene? I am very skeptical that every accident that is fatal is a DUI. What are the laws about pot in your system? It can stay in your system for weeks at a time. I hope she got an independent test done as well.

  3. The purpose of bail is simply to ensure that defendants will appear for trial. It seems like many of our local judges like to set very high bail as a form of punishment for certain defendants. Due to the (unfortunate) fact that our judges are elected, they don't want future voters to see them as "soft on crime."

  4. Bail shouldn't be a punishment, it should be prohibitive for the person to an extent that they show up for their court date. So why punish someone who is still innocent in the eyes of the law? She hasn't been tried or found guilty of a crime yet. Remember ye ole legal system periodically when commenting.

    And while I feel for the family in the vehicle that was hit, I would still measure to call this an accident. Unless this woman woke up and said, I'm going to intentionally get in to a car accident and kill people, it's an accident. Not an intended incident.

    Taking Xanax is legal, drinking alcohol is legal, driving your vehicle is legal - smoking pot, no not so much, but as marijuana stays in someone's body for long periods of time, I question the testing method used. So, while 3 out of 4 of her decisions were legal that night, combining them was not.

    From my time that I lived in Vegas, and in other states, I would tell you that car accidents are hardly ever intentional. But a news source highlighting a woman's line of work for sensationalism sure is.

  5. Wow! Taking the side of a drunk who kills! That's the tenor of the comments. Any of you believe this was the first time that woman drove under the influence? If so, I've got a bridge at the corner of Trop & LVBS to sell you. That ignorant woman needs to be kept off our streets. We need tough penalties, harsh deterrents and, yes, high bail, to drive home the fact that it is totally unacceptable to drive impaired by intoxicants. No excuses!

  6. Blame can be attached to this person by others.
    But was the accident intentional?

    Or could someone say, this whole story is being highlighted because of her career and some sensationalism garnered from a flashy title associated with it in the news?

    Take for instance this.....Would you be concerned about a shooting on the strip? Or an 'aspiring rapper' who is murdered in his mazerati in a high speed shoot out on the strip? The second one is far more interesting to most people.

  7. Put her on an ankle bracelet and send her home. That bond is punitive. Quit spending money we don't have...

  8. Hah! Looks like Seinfeld was right: hot women can get away with anything, even murder!

    Two people dead, she's at twice the legal limit - DOUBLE THAT BAIL!

  9. Good--raise it even higher. A child and family are now without their father and husband, and the two year old could have been killed also. Two beers and a Xanax the night before? I don't think so. Forget about her profession---she could be a teacher, office worker or whatever---her ignorant, irresponsible decisions led to the death of an innocent person. Don't make excuses for her because she happens to be a stripper--that's irrelevant.

  10. Don't we read this story every couple of years - some stripper is high, drunk, or both, and kills worthwhile human beings.

  11. VICTIMLESS crime, huh? Here's to you who think prostitution and related "professions" have no victims.