By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
A Findlay man who drove into a golf course pond after fleeing from the State Highway Patrol in August was sentenced Monday to about five years in prison for that offense and other felonies.
Danny R. Scarberry Jr., 52, was charged in Hancock County Common Pleas Court with failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, for the Aug. 6 incident.
He pleaded guilty Monday to that charge, as well as two charges of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, for having methamphetamine, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine in July 2018; and to failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony, for missing court in the drug case.
About half of the prison sentence imposed by Judge Jonathan Starn, 30 months, is for fleeing the state patrol.
A trooper attempted to pull Scarberry over at the Pilot station on Ohio 613. He fled, sped through Van Buren and Allen Township to Ohio 18, then drove into a pond at Birch Run Golf Club in North Baltimore. He was arrested at the golf course.
After his arrest, Scarberry tested positive for multiple drugs, Hancock County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Limerick said Monday.
Scarberry had been indicted the month before for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony charge stemming from a 2015 incident at Keith’s Dugout in Findlay. He pleaded not guilty to that charge at an Aug. 9 arraignment, and the case is scheduled for trial later this month.
Scarberry, who has been in the Hancock County jail since his Aug. 6 arrest, will serve seven months in prison for each drug possession charge and 15 months for failure to appear, for a total of 59 months. Starn also suspended his license for 10 years.
The prison sentence was jointly recommended by Limerick and public defender Ken Sass.
Scarberry was given credit for 90 days already served in the county jail.
In the Keith’s Dugout case, Deven J. Tackett, 26, of Findlay, pleaded guilty in June to an amended charge of robbery, a third-degree felony. In September, he was sentenced by Judge Reginald Routson to a total of 30 months in prison for that charge and for misuse of credit cards, a fourth-degree felony.