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Man breaks teen daughter's nose in domestic dispute
Suspect reportedly angry his wife wouldn't give him pain pills
W Driggers
Perry Edward Driggers

A man who broke his teenage daughter's nose during a dispute about pain pills was arrested after driving his truck into a ditch.

Bulloch County sheriff's incident reports said Perry Edward Driggers, 53, of a Highway 80 East address, was intoxicated when the incident occurred Sunday at Plantation Mobile Home Park.

Sheriff's Deputy William D. Sims responded to the reported domestic disturbance and spoke to Driggers' wife, who said her husband "returned from dumping trash ... was very angry and demanded she give him five of her pain pills," according to reports.

Because Driggers has a history of addiction to pain pills, the wife denied him, so Driggers went into their bedroom and began dumping items out of his wife's purse and throwing things, she said.

The couple's 15-year-old daughter, who was standing in the doorway of the bedroom, asked the man to stop and give her mother back her keys, wallet and other items from the purse, Sims reported.

That's when Driggers reportedly told his daughter to "shut the (expletive deleted) up, balled his hand into a fist and punched her in the nose." He then shoved her down the hallway before leaving in a white Chevrolet Silverado, reports stated.

The girl was bleeding profusely, so her mother took her to the emergency room, where an X-ray showed that her nose was broken, reports said.

During the search for Driggers, neighbors called in complaints of him revving his engine in the mobile home park, but deputies did not locate him there. Instead, they found his truck in a ditch near North Cromley Road. Driggers was arrested, and his family had the truck towed, according to reports.

The suspect was taken to the Bulloch County Jail and booked on charges of aggravated battery, first-degree cruelty to children, third-degree cruelty to children, simple battery (family violence), disorderly conduct and DUI/less safe. He is being held as he awaits a bond hearing, according to jail records.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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