Pendergast Posts $25,000 Bond

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A Vigo County man is free on bond, but attached are several conditions.  22 year old Kyle Pendergast is charged in connection to the death of 19 year old Alyssa Hogue.  The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office says Pendergast was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he crashed his hummer.  Hogue died in that accident, which happened this past weekend.

Families for both Alyssa Hogue and Kyle Pendergast came to Wednesday’s hearing where Judge Michael Rader set bond at $25,000 cash only.  And his bond carries several conditions.  One of which he must wear what’s called a SCRAM device.

“SCRAM stands for secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring,” said Paul Southwick of the Vigo County Alcohol and Drug Program.

The person being monitored wears the SCRAM device on his or her ankle.  A small pump on the device takes samples from the person’s skin every half hour.  It picks up whether or not that person consumes alcohol.

“The data that is gathered throughout the day is transmitted to a modem,” said Southwick.

From there, the data is analyzed by scram’s manufacturer.  The modem tells the company of alcohol or tampering violations, and those are passed along to the Vigo County Alcohol and Drug Program.

“We’ve heard a lot of good feedback once defendants have completed that if it were not for the scram device, they probably would not have been able to maintain the sobriety that they had,” said Southwick.

The one downside to SCRAM is its cost.  However, in the case of Pendergast, that cost is passed on to him since wearing the device is a condition of his bond.  Pendergast also cannot drive and will be subjected to random alcohol and drug testing.  He was also ordered to give up his passport and sign a waiver of extradition.

Pendergast has a trial date of October 7th.  He faces 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted.

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