Hayden Police Chief: Craig doctor’s arrest followed altercation with police
July 9, 2012
“It’s kind of a shame because if he had just come and talked to the officers, he’d have probably just been able to go back to bed.”
— Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco, about the circumstances surrounding Dr. Joel Miller’s arrest last week in Hayden
New details have emerged about last week's arrest of a Craig physician in Hayden.
Dr. Joel Miller, D.O., a Hayden resident and operator of High Country Medical at 535 Yampa Ave. in Craig, was booked July 3 in Routt County Jail on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest, according to court documents.
Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco said the incident began when Hayden police were called to a residence where they found Miller and an unidentified woman. A neighbor complained about a loud, profanity-laced argument. Though officers made contact with the woman, Miller denied a request to come to the door and talk to the responding officer.
"(Miller) refused to come down and talk to the officer," Booco said. "The officer told the lady that (Miller) needed to come down and talk to him and square this away, that they couldn't leave until they made sure everything was OK."
When Miller came to the door, he approached the officer with aggression, Booco said.
"When Mr. Miller came downstairs he came straight at one of my officers, pushed him toward the door in the chest — just reached out and pushed him — and, excuse the language, but he said 'get the F out of my house,'" Booco said. "Then he again reached out and put his hands on the officer with a little bit of a push, and that's when he was taken down to the floor and put into custody."
Although officers were called to the house for what appeared to be a domestic disturbance, Booco said he believes the charges Miller will face — obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest — stem from his altercation with the officer.
"It's kind of a shame because if he had just come and talked to the officers, he'd have probably just been able to go back to bed," Booco said.
Last week's arrest wasn't Miller's first brush with the law.
In April, Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized patient files from Miller's office in Craig as part of a probe by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Colorado.
Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver, said no new developments of his agency's investigation into Miller were available as of Friday.
In 2009, Miller was ordered by the Colorado State Board of Examiners to undergo continuing education after he admitted to mis-prescribing neuropsychiatric medications while treating two patients at a long-term care facility, according to Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies records.
Miller also failed to adequately document his reasoning for the use of multiple neuropsychiatric medications in his treatment of one of those patients, DORA records state.
He was issued a letter of admonition by the state board of examiners and completed Center for Personalized Education for Physicians Patient Care documentation seminars and a continuing medical education prescribing course.
The order was terminated in May 2011.
In 2005, Miller was charged with violation of bail bonds and attempted violation of a protection order. He was convicted of the latter, a misdemeanor.
In 2004, he was charged in Moffat County District Court with second-degree domestic violence, a Class 4 felony, and menacing with a real or simulated weapon, a Class 6 felony, following a domestic disturbance incident involving his wife.
Those charges were later dropped.