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MMA Fighter ‘Mayhem' Miller Arrested Again

Former mixed martial arts fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller, who has multiple criminal cases pending, is facing more legal troubles Monday following his arrest at a Costa Mesa restaurant.

Police were called to the Saddle Ranch Chop House in the Triangle Square shopping center at 1870 Harbor Blvd. about 2 a.m. Sunday regarding a disturbance, Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott said.

He said Miller was "heavily intoxicated" when he got into an argument with two women, one of whom slapped him, prompting Miller to grab her leg.

A security guard "physically restrained" Miller and handcuffed the 35-year-old Mission Viejo resident until police arrived, according to Scott.

Miller "spit at the officer" who responded to the disturbance call, he alleged.

Miller was booked on suspicion of public intoxication and assault on an officer, and was taken to an area hospital to be checked out for an undisclosed injury, Scott said.

He was cited and released from the Orange County Jail on Sunday, according to booking records.

Miller's attorney, Cameron Talley, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In March, Miller pleaded not guilty to spray-painting graffiti on the exterior wall of a Lake Forest tattoo parlor near El Toro Road and Muirlands Boulevard on Jan. 27.

On Jan. 23, he was accused of blowing out a pair of speakers by cranking up the volume in a tattoo parlor.

On Oct. 16 last year, he allegedly got into a struggle with sheriff's deputies called to his Mission Viejo home at 1:34 a.m. on an anonymous report of a disturbance. When deputies arrived, they heard a woman scream inside the house, and as they went to the side yard of the residence, Miller allegedly confronted them.

Miller allegedly hurled a ceramic tile at the deputies and threatened them with a large fire extinguisher and metal pole as he backed up to his yard, sheriff's officials said. Deputies used a Taser to subdue him.

On March 7 of last year, Miller was accused of kicking a police officer and spitting at another cop called to the White House Restaurant in Laguna Beach because Miller had broken a bottle during a "ruckus" in the eatery, according to Deputy District Attorney Heidi Garrel.

In that case, Miller faces a felony count of resisting an executive officer, with a sentence-enhancing allegation of committing a crime while out on bail, and misdemeanor counts of resisting police and battery on a police officer.

Miller also got into a standoff with sheriff's deputies in October 2014, during which he penned a flurry of Twitter posts as it was happening.

Miller was declared a fugitive on Sept. 8, 2014, when he failed to show up for a hearing in a domestic violence and stalking case, prompting deputies to go to his home on Oct. 9 with an arrest warrant.

When deputies showed up at his home around 10:30 that morning, he came to the door but ran back inside and refused to come out. Nearly four hours later, SWAT officers placed a device on his door that blew off the locks, prompting Miller to surrender.

Miller faces two counts of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and stalking, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of violating a protective order in that case, according to court records.

Miller had vandalism charges against him dismissed in November 2012, but found himself in trouble with the law again for the domestic violence case in August 2013.

In August 2012, he was charged with breaking at least one picture frame and damaging a propane tank and other items while spray-painting inside Mission Hills Church, causing at least $400 in damage.

The church's pastor told authorities he found Miller nude except for a cloth wrapped around him and books and CDs scattered around the church, along with broken picture frames and fire extinguisher dust on the first and second floors.

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