Texas lawmaker accused of threatening DPS agent

Rep. Borris Miles, D-Houston
Rep. Borris Miles, D-Houston (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — State Rep. Borris Miles threatened to beat up a Department of Public Safety trooper providing protection to Attorney General Ken Paxton, according to a report obtained by The Texas Tribune.

Paxton was seated inside a private room at the Vince Young Steakhouse on April 1 when Miles, a Houston Democrat, was placed at a table just outside. The trooper, whose name was redacted from the report, said Miles was “loud and obnoxious” and appeared to be intoxicated.

When the lawmaker tried to enter the private room, the trooper said he grabbed Miles’ arm and blocked him from entering the room.

“At this point, Rep. Miles became belligerent with me using excessive profanity,” the DPS report states.

Rep. Scott Turner, who was with Paxton, tried to calm Miles down, but Miles “continued on with the profanity towards me and threatened to beat me up,” the trooper said in the report.

Miles told The Texas Tribune that the trooper did not identify himself until after putting his hands on the lawmaker.

“A white man just walks up to me and starts grabbing me,” Miles told the Texas Tribune. “What do you do?”

When the officer stepped away to call his supervisor, Miles and his group left the restaurant. No charges have been filed against Miles.

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