Police: DUI suspect arrested at Logan hospital used baby as shield during fight with cops

Posted at 2:48 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 16:51:04-05

LOGAN, Utah — A man who allegedly drove to a hospital while intoxicated and with his child in the vehicle Thursday night ended up using his baby son as a “shield” during an altercation with police.

Capt. Tyson Budge of the Logan Police Department said things began with a domestic incident Thursday night, which resulted in a woman being arrested. She was taken to Logan Regional Hospital, 500 East 1400 North, to be checked out after her arrest.

Budge said Joshua Miller came to the hospital to look for that woman, who is a family member. Police officers were present at the hospital for an unrelated reason, and they said Miller appeared “obviously intoxicated”, Budge said. Miller told police he had walked to the hospital, but those officers determined he had driven.

The officers attempted to arrest Miller, who allegedly resisted and was combative. Budge said Miller held his child in front of him as a “shield” in an attempt to prevent officers taking him into custody.

A Taser was ultimately used to subdue Miller, who was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail. The 1-year-old child was not injured, and he was released into the custody of a relative.

Miller faces charges of child abuse, driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle, driving while on an alcohol restriction, driving on a denied license, interfering with an arrest, assault on a corrections officer, and failure to stop at the command of law enforcement.