Local man arrested after scuffle with CPD officer

A 21-year-old local man was arrested on public intoxication and resisting law enforcement charges after he scuffled with a Columbus Police Officer.

Damarcis C. Scrogham, 21, Columbus, was arrested on charges of public intoxication, resisting law enforcement, battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct after police were sent to the area of 19th and Union streets about a man yelling and stumbling in the street, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Columbus Police Officer Travis Harbaugh located Scrogham at about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday and noticed he appeared to be under the influence of drugs, Harris said. Scrogham would not follow the officer’s commands and attempted to pull away while being handcuffed, Harris said. He later refused to sit in a patrol car and struck an officer during the struggler, Harris said.

Scrogham was taken to the ground and foot restraints were used, Harris said. After Scrogham was medically cleared at Columbus Regional Hospital, he was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.

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