North Laurel man convicted of hitting man with car outside bar

A North Laurel man was convicted Tuesday evening on two counts of second-degree assault and additional charges in connection with an incident at a North Laurel bar last summer in which a man was struck by a car, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt found 21-year-old Travon Millar, 9700 block of Covered Wagon Drive in Laurel, guilty on Tuesday of assaulting a bartender and a 64-year-old bar patron, Kirwan said.

On the morning of Aug. 9, Howard County police responded to PW’s Sports Bar & Grille in the 9800 block of Washington Boulevard where they found the 64-year-old man had been struck by a vehicle and was unconscious, Kirwan said.

During the trial, the victim, who lives in Florida, testified that he went to the bar to search for his cell phone he believed he misplaced during a visit the previous evening, Kirwan said.  The on-duty bartender, not finding a phone, made a call to the cell phone, which was answered by Travon Millar, who offered to return the phone for $40, Kirwan said. 

Kirwan said Millar returned to the bar that morning and was followed outside by both the bartender and the owner of the phone after what was described as a "standoff.”  When Millar attempted to get into his Honda Accord and drive off, the bartender and patron attempted to block the vehicle, Kirwan said.

Kirwan said Millar then struck and ran over the older man as he sped out of the parking lot and headed southbound on Washington Boulevard into Laurel city. The bartender was able to dodge Millar’s vehicle, Kirwan said. 

Bernhardt ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing date of May 7 for Millar. 

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