Evansville, Ind. Resident Perry Michael Scroggins received a total of 12 years behind bars in three separate cases before the Hancock County court system. Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Coleman handed down the sentence during motion day proceedings on September 27, 2022, at the Hancock County Judicial Center.
In the first case, Scroggins received four-years in jail each on two charges of wanton endangerment in the first degree-police officer, 12-months in jail on a charge of buy/possession of drug paraphernalia and 30 days in jail on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/substance .08 first offense. All charges in this case ran concurrently for a total of four years in jail.
In the second case, Scroggins received a four-year prison sentence on a charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition auto $500 or more but under $10,000. The court ordered the sentence in the case to run consecutively with the first case.
Scroggins also received another four-year prison sentence on another charge of theft by unlawful taking/disposition auto $500 or more but under $10,000 in the third case. The court also ordered this case to run consecutively in conjunction with the other two cases for a total of 12 years behind bars.
Scroggins’ legal troubles in these cases started in May of 2019 when, according to his arrest citation, he took a 1995 Oldsmobile sedan stolen from Donald Roy to Evansville, Indiana and tried to sell it for $1,000. Scroggins said he did not steal the vehicle, according to the arrest report, but admitted to knowing it was a stolen vehicle.
In August of 2019, the Hancock County grand jury indicted Scroggins on three charges connected to the case. The grand jury indicted him on a charge of theft by unlawful taking-automobile-$500 or more, a charge of receiving stolen property $500 or more and on a charge of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. As this case made its way through the court system, Scroggins again became embroiled in legal troubles.
On June 18, 2019, a caller into 911 reported a reckless driver forcing people off the roadway on state Route 144 east. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy BJ Burton went to investigate. Burton said as he approached the subject vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer, the vehicle ran him off the roadway, and drove into oncoming traffic. Burton said he followed the vehicle to Weber’s Corner, where he stopped. Burton said he contacted the driver, Scroggins, and noticed he was under the influence of illegal substances. Burton arrested Scroggins.
In August of 2019, the Hancock County grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against Scroggins in the case. The grand jury indicted him on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs-first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and no/expired Kentucky Registration Receipt. The grand jury also returned indictments for no/expired Kentucky Registration plates, failure to produce insurance card and reckless driving. Finally, the grand jury indicted him on charges of wanton endangerment in the first degree-police officer, wanton endangerment in the first degree and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Two days later, according to information in the court docket, Scroggins again became embroiled in legal trouble. According to the arrest citation issued by Hancock County Sheriff Dale Bozarth, he stole another vehicle
In August of 2019, the Hancock County grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Scroggins. The grand jury indicted him on a charge of theft by unlawful taking-automobile $500 or more for stealing a 2004 Toyota Sequoia owned by Bobby Eubanks, and for being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Scroggins’ cases continued to make their way through the court system until motion day proceedings on September 27, when the court sentenced him to jail on a variety of charges.
By Ralph Dickerson