Nap time leads to jail time for man facing 20 charges


A man wanted for felony probation violation took a nap at the wrong place and earned even more nap time in the Bartow County Jail.

According to a Bartow County Sheriff's Office report, a deputy was dispatched Sunday afternoon to 37 Brown Road in Cartersville to investigate reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway. When the deputy arrived, he found a man and a woman asleep in a green pickup truck parked in the driveway.

The woman said her name was Samantha Bryant and the man said he was David Craig and his aunt, Wilma Miller, lived at that address and allowed him to come there to sleep.

But the "aunt" told Craig to leave, then informed the deputy that David Craig was actually Rickie Wayne Miller, who was wanted on felony probation charges.

While waiting to get a return on Miller's information, the deputy asked Miller to step out of the car. When he did, Bryant stepped on the accelerator from the passenger's side and began driving away with the deputy pursuing on foot. As he caught up with the vehicle, he pointed his Taser at her and ordered her to stop. Bryant stopped and she and Miller were arrested.

In a subsequent search of the car, police discovered a loaded Raven Arms .25 caliber handgun, numerous denominations of fake currency with foreign inscriptions on it and miscellaneous tools typically used in the commission of a crime.

Bryant was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Rickie Wayne Miller, self-described as homeless, was arrested and charged with 20 violations including:

•  giving false name, address, or birthdate to law enforcement officer

•  receipt, possession or transfer of a firearm by a convicted felon or felony first offender

•  entering an automobile or other motor vehicle with intent to commit theft or felony

•  felony violation of probation

•  felony willful obstruction of law enforcement officers

•  reckless driving

•  u-turn in curve prohibited

•  speeding

•  insufficient use of turn signals

•  improper lane change

•  possession and use of drug related objects

•  possession of a firearm or knife during commission or attempt to commit certain felonies

•  driving while license is suspended or revoked 

•  driving on the wrong side of road

•  fleeing/attempting to elude police

•  open container violation 

•  possession or transfer of a firearm by a convicted felon or felony first offender

•  possession of a sawed-off shotgun or rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon or silencer

•  failure to obey a stop sign or yield after stopping

•  possession of a schedule IV controlled substance 

•  marijuana — possession of less than 1 ounce

•  theft by taking

This isn't Miller's first run-in with the law.

In fact, according to Sergeant Jonathan Rogers of the Bartow Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division, "he is well-known to BCSO."

His last tangle with BCSO came in June when was arrested in  Taylorsville and charged with auto theft.