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Suspect faces more charges after escape

Lee Miller (Source: Chatham Co. Detention Center) Lee Miller (Source: Chatham Co. Detention Center)

A suspect faces several more charges after trying to escape from police custody Tuesday night at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Port Wentworth Police Chief Matt Libby said Lee Edward Miller was originally arrested on charges of aggravated assault, cruelty to children and possession of a firearm/knife in committing a crime. He was involved in a domestic dispute which led to those charges.

Libby said Miller originally turned himself into police, but when he found out what the bond would be, he told officers he felt sick and needed to go to a hospital. 

At the hospital and being checked out, Miller turned suicidal and seemingly wanted police to fight him, according to police. 

Libby said the officer at the hospital elected to let him leave the building, as to not create a dangerous scene inside where Miller could've wrestled a weapon away from him. Once outside, Miller refused the police officer's orders and challenged the officer to shoot him, according to police. The officer called in for support with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, and Miller was eventually detained. 

Miller now also faces charges of escape (felony), obstruction, obstruction of officer with harm/injury (felony), simple assault, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and good behavior. 

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