Man arrested after tanker rollover

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— A 43-year-old Montrose man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday night after he lost control of the empty fuel tanker he was driving on Rabbit Ears Pass and ran it off the highway.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Jim Copley said Jeffrey Samuel Miller was driving the empty fuel tanker on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 140 when he entered a right hand curve at a high speed and lost control of the tanker, rolling it onto its top.

Miller reportedly took the curve at 70 mph. The speed limit is 50 mph, Copley said.

The tanker, which was coming into Steamboat Springs from Fort Collins, reportedly drifted across both lanes of traffic and went off the left side of the road into a soft, dirt embankment, Copley said.

There were no other vehicles in the eastbound lanes of traffic at the time of the accident, he said.

In addition to speeding, Miller reportedly was driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with an open container of alcohol, Copley said.

Copley said an early morning snow left Rabbit Ears Pass slippery and icy, though most of the storm had passed and the snow and ice on the road had melted.

Miller's tanker was empty at the time of the accident, Copley said.

Miller was the only person in the tanker at the time of the accident, and he was wearing a seat belt.

Miller was treated for minor injuries, Copley said.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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