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Deputies: Drunk man threatens to kill officer giving him ride home

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Thomas Miller (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Thomas Miller (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)

Deputies said a drunk man ended up in jail when he began to threaten the officer trying to give him a free ride home after he was asked to leave a Spartanburg County bar.

Spartanburg County deputies were called to a bar on North Highway 150 just before 11 p.m. Sunday about a disorderly customer.

Deputies spoke with the bartender who said Thomas Miller, 44, was asked to leave several times but would not, according to the sheriff's office report. When deputies spoke with Miller, they said he could not comprehend their questions and appeared intoxicated.

According to the report, Miller told deputies he would have to find a ride home, so the responding officer offered to give him a ride home. The report said Miller agreed and got in the back of the patrol car to go home.

While headed to Miller's Pacolet address, deputies said he began to yell that he was going to jail and threatened the officer that he would, "Make sure you take your last breath tonight."

Miller then began punching and kicking the back of the patrol car, so the officer stopped and notified dispatch he was going to arrest him on a public disorderly conduct charge, according to the report.

Another deputy arrived to help place Miller under arrest and back into the patrol car, the report said.

During the 15-minute ride to jail, deputies said Miller continued to threaten to hurt the officer.

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