UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - The lawyer for a New York state trooper charged with assaulting a homeowner says his client was so drunk that he didn't realize he had entered someone else's house.
Trooper Jesse Miller pleaded not guilty in Utica City Court Tuesday afternoon to charges that include assault and criminal trespassing.
Utica police say the 31-year-old Miller was off duty when he kicked in a door at a home early Saturday morning. Authorities say the homeowner hit Miller in the head with a hammer and was bitten by Miller when the scuffle spilled outside.
The Observer of Utica reports (http://bit.ly/A4tfNI ) that the trooper's attorney says Miller was highly intoxicated when he walked home from a local bar and mistakenly entered a house that was a block from his own residence.
State police say Miller has been suspended.
State Trooper charged in alleged drunken break-in
Jan. 3, 2012
Utica (WSYR-TV) – A State Police officer has been accused of getting drunk and breaking into a man’s house in Utica.
According to Utica Police, 31-year-old Jesse Miller went to a Utica man’s residence around 12:18 a.m. on New Year’s Day and pounded on his door. When the resident called 911, Miller – a State Trooper - broke into the home through the front door.
A fight broke out between the two and Miller was hit in the head with a hammer. The resident also suffered a facial injury after being bitten.
The fight spilled into the front yard until police arrived. Utica Police say he was intoxicated during the incident.
Miller was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony; and criminal trespass and assault in the third degree, both misdemeanors.