Former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel's cocaine supplier has been taken back into federal custody after he was charged with striking a Mount Pleasant police officer last month.
Michael L. Miller violated the conditions of his release by becoming involved in additional criminal conduct and failing to alert the U.S. Probation Office about it, a federal prosecutor said.
Miller was arrested Nov. 16 outside a Waffle House restaurant on Long Point Road. He appeared to be extremely intoxicated and disoriented at the time and lashed out at an officer who was trying to help him get back into a taxi cab, a police report says.
"I told Mr. Miller he was not in trouble and I just wanted to get him in the taxi cab and get him home," the officer wrote. "Mr. Miller then jerked his arm away, turned towards me and struck me in the nose with the palm of his left hand."
After a struggle, Miller, 25, who had billed himself as a local deejay, was taken to the ground. He was arrested and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Other reports say the charge has been upgraded to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
The incident occurred just three days after Miller had pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in the Ravenel case, including conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Miller had been free on a $25,000 secured bail at the time of this latest arrest. His bond had been modified so that the electronic monitoring device that enforced his home detention was removed.
The new charges could wipe out the plea deal Miller made with federal authorities, including a recommendation for downward departure of his potential sentence which hinged on his continued cooperation with investigators and the requirement he stay clean.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald declined to discuss specifics but said the new charges have "the potential for a serious impact on the plea agreement."
Miller's court-appointed public defender could not be reached Wednesday. If the government opts to revoke the agreement, Miller could face months or years longer in prison time. An officer at the Charleston County Detention Center said he was picked up Wednesday morning by U.S. marshals and moved to an undisclosed location.
The Mount Pleasant police report indicates Miller covered a lot of ground prior to his arrest and that he appeared to be heavily intoxicated. He reportedly got into a cab outside of AC's Bar in downtown Charleston and headed toward Mount Pleasant. The cab driver reported that along the way "Mr. Miller kept passing out and would not tell him where his house was."
After the cab stopped at the Waffle House, a police officer called to the scene approached Miller inside the restaurant and found him slumped over in a chair, passed out. The scuffle ensued outside a short while later.
The police report also describes Miller as being combative, including with the first responder medical officials called to the scene. Miller reportedly spit at personnel and also urinated on the walls of his cell when he was taken to the county jail.
Ravenel, a one-time rising star in the GOP before the scandal, has stayed mostly out of sight since pleading guilty Sept. 6 to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine. At the time of his pleas, he testified to holding parties at his Charleston house where the drug was used. Miller testified he brought the drug to Ravenel's home. Ravenel is awaiting sentencing. No date has been set.
Authorities are also still looking for Pasquale Pellicoro, a Ravenel friend and one-time local wine expert charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine in the case. His last public contact was in September when he said he was in Switzerland. He has not been heard from since.
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