Driver jailed in deputy's death sues Harris County

Jose Vieyra, who spent two months in jail following a crash that killed a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Miller, has now filed a $20 million lawsuit against the county.

April 9, 2010 8:12:38 PM PDT
A truck driver who spent two months in jail following a crash that killed a Harris County sheriff's deputy has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the county.

Jose Vieyra, a Mexican national, claims the sheriff's office violated his constitutional rights.

Investigators say Deputy Craig Miller was intoxicated when he crashed into Vieyra's truck in west Harris County in 2008.

Vierya was originally charged in the case, but it was later dropped.

13 Undercover requested court documents after that crash and found that Deputy Miller's blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

We also found that Miller was part of the sheriff's secret intelligence squad under former sheriff Tommy Thomas.

The sheriff's office said at the time that Miller was headed to do some surveillance before the crash.

That squad was later disbanded as a result of our investigation.

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