Man angry about son’s move on Valpo HS baseball team takes it out on family
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent April 29, 2013 1:43PM
Neil Miller. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 29, 2013 7:49PM
Neil Miller reportedly felt the Valparaiso High School baseball coach wronged his family by moving his son from catcher to third base on the varsity team. After drinking more than 20 beers Saturday, he allegedly took his feelings out on his wife.
The 43-year-old woman told police Miller had been upset all day about his son’s team. They argued, he started talking about divorce, and then he allegedly dragged her off the couch, pulled her hair and threw a frying pan, which struck her in the head. She ran outside for help.
One of the sons told police he was cutting the grass “to get away from his drunk father,” and the other was across the street outside a neighbor’s house, when they heard the commotion. When the 14-year-old tried to help his mother, Neil allegedly slapped his face.
The family told police Neil fled at about 7:50 p.m., damaging the garage door with his vehicle and causing his wife and two sons to dodge out of the way when he backed across the front yard. Police found Neil driving near Kouts, possibly headed to his father’s home.
Neil was arrested for felony domestic battery in the presence of a juvenile, felony battery to a juvenile and misdemeanor drunken driving.