By Tim O’Meilia
Millar, 66, was released on his own recognizance Friday after being held more than 24 hours in the Palm Beach County Jail. He faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest with violence.
Millar attacked a man in the Dirty Martini club at the Downtown at the Gardens after the man left another bar several miles away with Millar’s girlfriend, according to the arrest report.
The girlfriend asked a 38-year-old man at the Angry Moon Cigar Bar for a ride after she told him Millar had been abusive to her. The couple left and drove to the Dirty Martini. Millar followed later.
Millar texted an acquaintance that he “wanted to kill” the man. A witness at the second bar said he struck the victim in the neck with a black flashlight.
Millar told Palm Beach Gardens police that he was going to “signal 5” the man for leaving with his girlfriend. The term is police radio code for murder.
Millar tried to pull away when he was handcuffed, the report said.
He was ordered not to drink alcohol or have contact with the victim, who was not named in the report.
The incident began barely four hours after Millar criticized the South Palm Beach Town Council for not taking action in a police union contract dispute.
In July, Millar complained to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that South Palm Beach Police Chief Roger Crane threatened. After investigating, a sheriff’s detective dismissed the complaint as unfounded.
Millar was mayor for two years after serving four years as a councilman in South Palm Beach. He resigned in December 2010 after the state ethics commission fined him $3,000 for trying to use his position to influence West Palm Beach officers after he was ejected from a strip club.