According to the Post Millennial, Miller initially fought the charges, claiming he did not key the vehicle.
“He was blocking my way, saying I scratched his car, I didn’t scratch his car,” Miller said. “I’m a state senator, I think he’d recognize. I think he’s one of the gun nuts.”
Miller previously reported to police that he allegedly saw “gun nuts” stalking him at the State House. He also claimed that the owner of the vehicle threatened him.
The man who accused Miller of the vandalism said he did not know who Miller was.
“I don’t even know any of the senators to be honest,” he explained.
When the police showed up at Miller’s home and showed him video evidence of the act, he confessed and police arrested him on a misdemeanor vandalism charge.
“Nobody is above the law, including those who make and enforce the laws,” Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist proclaimed in a news release. “The officers who handled this investigation did so with fairness, integrity and without preferential treatment.”
Miller posted his $1,000 bail for his release and refused to comment further on the situation and his reportedly disgraceful behavior. Others were more vocal.
Rhode Island GOP Chairman Joe Powers called for Miller to step down from his position as a state senator after the scandal.
“This behavior is unbecoming of anyone holding a leadership position,” Powers wrote on Twitter. “State Senator Joshua Miller has proven once again the he does not have the composure required to represent every constituent in his district and must resign immediately.”
This behavior is unbecoming of anyone holding a leadership position. State Senator Joshua Miller has proven once again the he does not have the composure required to represent every constituent in his district and must resign immediately. https://t.co/MZdKqm13kT
— Joe Powers (@RIGOPChairman) June 23, 2023
“The Second Amendment shall not be infringed, you people need to understand that,” the reporter said to Miller.
“Go f**k yourself,” Miller said in response.