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Monday, September 27, 2021

Moonshine-drinking man who threatened deputy jailed again on DUI and resisting arrest charges

Rick Lee Miller

A 51-year-old Ocala man with a history of alcohol-related arrests, including one in February for threatening a deputy with a firearm while drunk on moonshine, is back in the Marion County Jail after he allegedly resisted deputies trying to charge him with DUI.

In addition to driving under the influence, Rick Lee Miller, of 5 Larch Course Trak, was charged with resisting an officer and refusing to submit to a DUI test after having a suspended license.

Shortly after noon Sunday, Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to Miller’s residence after someone reported he was driving around the neighborhood, playing loud music and shouting out his window. Upon arrival, the deputies found Miller sitting in a white pickup truck, parked in the driveway and listening to music, according to the sheriff’s office report.

While deputies were telling him why they were there, Miller asked if there was anyone behind his vehicle. After being told no one was behind him, he shifted the vehicle into reverse and backed out of the driveway, the report said.

Due to his irrational behavior, Miller was told to place the vehicle in park and remove the keys from the ignition. He then shifted the vehicle into drive and pulled into the garage, hitting a motorcycle that was parked inside the garage, according to the report.

Miller tried to close the garage door while the deputies were telling him to turn off the vehicle and show his hands. A deputy paced his foot in front of the garage sensor to prevent the door from closing. Miller started shouting while refusing to follow instructions, the report said.

After being told again to get out of the vehicle, Miller took the keys out of the ignition and handed them to his wife. He had difficulty maintaining his balance and stumbled multiple times as he got out of the truck. Miller’s eyes were glossy and bloodshot, his face appeared flushed and his speech was slow and slurred when he shouted, according to the report.

Miller became uncooperative during field sobriety exercises and refused to complete them. He started to cry and yell about situations unrelated to the investigation. He was taken to the jail, where he refused to give a breath sample for analysis, the report said.

Miller is being held without bond and is due to appear in Marion County Court on June 17.