Columbus resident jailed after scuffle with officer

A 21-year-old local man was arrested after he scuffled with a Columbus police officer.

Damarcis C. Scrogham, 21, who listed the Bartholomew County Jail as his home address, was arrested on charges of public intoxication, resisting law enforcement, battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct, police said.

Officers were sent to the area of 19th and Union streets at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday about a man yelling and stumbling in the street, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Columbus police officer Travis Harbaugh located Scrogham 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 struggle, 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, where is he being held without bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.