2012-11-01 / Front Page

Local Man Arrested for Outstanding Warrants

DPS Trooper Bob Thorp is seen taking Sam Scoggins to his patrol car last Thursday afternoon. DPS Trooper Bob Thorp is seen taking Sam Scoggins to his patrol car last Thursday afternoon. Last Thursday, October 25, at about 10 a.m., Cpt. Wooldridge with the Lexington Police Department observed Sam Scoggins, who had outstanding arrest warrants issued from the Lee County Grand Jury for two counts of Deadly Conduct. (The indictments were handed down in October, stemming from an incident where Scoggins had allegedly sprayed two of his neighbors with wasp spray.) Woodridge witnessed Scoggins driving his personal vehicle in downtown Lexington, so he activated his emergency patrol lights to conduct a traffic stop on Scoggins.

Scoggins pulled over at the corner of Fourth and Wheatley Streets, directly in front of the Lexington Log Cabins and Heritage Center. Cpt. Woolridge exited his vehicle and made contact with Scoggins, who refused to exit his vehicle and comply with the commands of Cpt. Wooldridge.

Due to the possibility of danger, considering the threats Scoggins and his companion, Mary Atkins, had made against the Lexington Police Officers, Cpt. Wooldridge requested backup from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Ayres arrived as backup within a few minutes.

Ayres approached Scoggins, who was still sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, but he continued to refuse to exit the vehicle. After continuous efforts were made by the officers for Scoggins to peacefully comply and exit the vehicle, he still refused.

Shortly thereafter, Trooper Bob Thorp with the Texas Department of Public Safety, arrived on the scene. After several more efforts were made to have Scoggins exit the vehicle, he finally surrendered and exited the vehicle. Trooper Thorp handcuffed Scoggins and arrested him at the scene for the outstanding warrants.

Several local residents witnessed the entire scene, as they were just leaving the weekly breakfast gathering at the Lexington Masonic Lodge.

Trooper Thorp transported Scoggins to the Lee County Jail, where he was booked in. Bond was set at $2,500 on each count of Deadly Conduct.

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