Crime

December 15, 2013

Father-son duo charged with assaulting police, contributing to delinquency of a minor

A Columbia man and his son have been arrested after the two allegedly assaulted a police officer and contributed to the delinquency of a minor, officials say.

The arrests occurred after deputies went in search of a runaway youth found at their location Sunday morning, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott in a statement released Sunday.

Andrew B. Miller, 60, and Andrew Clay Miller, 20, were charged with assault on a police officer and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Lott said.

The arrests were made after deputies went to a Summer Crest Road location, in a residential area in Northeast Columbia, where the youth was supposed to be.

When the younger Miller opened the door, a deputy smelled marijuana on Miller and in the interior of the home, Lott said. After failing to close the front door on the deputy, Miller then attempted to strike the officer. Miller's father, Andrew B. Miller, began assaulting the deputies as deputies took the younger Miller into custody, Lott said.

Also arrested in the incident was Reynerio Romero, 19. Romero was arrested without incident, Lott said, and charged with simple possession of marijuana.

All three men were taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The youth was found at the home and released to his custodial parent.

The deputies were treated for minor injuries at the scene, Lott said.

In addition, Richland County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit responded to the scene.

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