State Senator accused of keying car could face additional charge

Cranston police share this booking photo of Sen. Josh Miller.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — State Senator Joshua Miller could be facing an additional charge following his arrest last week after he was accused of keying a car.

Both Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist and City Solicitor Chris Millea said Tuesday they are reviewing evidence, which is protocol, to determine if any additional charges or amended charges should be filed.

Millea told ABC 6 News he is in the process of reviewing police reports, body cam footage and other videos to determine if an additional charge of obstruction of a police officer is warranted and meets legal statutes in the case against Miller.

Miller was charged last week with vandalism and malicious injury to property after he was accused of keying a car with a “Biden Sucks” bumper stick on it in Garden City.

In police body cam footage, Miller initially denied the allegations before later admitting the act to police saying he felt threatened by the person driving the other vehicle.

Miller’s attorney told ABC 6 News last week they will not have comment on the matter “until court proceedings are concluded.”

A spokesman for Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said he does not have comment at this time, while the legal process plays out.

The Democratic state senator has served in the chamber for 16 years and is the Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

He is next scheduled to appear in court July 18.

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