EPD: Man Accused of Theft Claimed to be State Trooper, NASCAR Driver

A man is accused of theft, impersonating law enforcement, and driving a vehicle while high on meth following a reported theft in Evansville.

Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Carpenter St. in Evansville for a reported theft in progress around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers say when they arrived on the scene, a red truck allegedly driven by Thomas Boggs began to drive towards their squad car. When officers turned on their overhead lights and blocked the exit to the parking lot, Boggs stopped the vehicle.

Officers say they noticed the truck he was driving looked like it had just been involved in accident.

Boggs allegedly told officers he was a Kentucky State Trooper and NASCAR driver.

EPD officers then reportedly learned from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office that Boggs had allegedly broken into a Henderson Police car using a metal bar. Authorities say Boggs took an AR-15 out of the car but later threw the gun back into the car.

Around 7:50 a.m. Sunday, Henderson Police investigated damage to a a police cruiser at the YMCA. An employee there said that when he left the building, he saw that a window to the cruiser had been broken out and that a vehicle had driven through the fence and field at the softball fields behind North Middle School. The red truck Boggs was driving was also discovered to allegedly have been involved in a hit-and-run on the southbound bridge, according to the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. During an investigation, a police officer said she wrote down the license plate number because the damage to the front end of the truck struck her as odd. A hold has been placed on Boggs so that he can be charged with the crimes that happened in Henderson.

While doing an inventory of the truck during Boggs' arrest in Evansville, officers reported finding a tactical bag that included a gas mask commonly carried by police and firefighters.

During an interview, Boggs allegedly stated he was an undercover police officer that was involved in a high-speed pursuit.

Boggs allegedly said that he initially took the AR-15 but put it back because it was no longer necessary. He also allegedly said that he forgot to put back the gas mask.

Evansville Police say Boggs also told them he was a teammate of famous NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Evansville Police also say Boggs tested positive for methamphetamine.

He faces charges in Vanderburgh County of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, theft, and impersonating a public servant.


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