MADISON, Wis. -

An off-duty police officer was hit with pepper spray when he tried to make contact with the occupants of a vehicle he observed driving recklessly Sunday night, according to a release.

The officer was going home from work at the West Police District around 10 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle driving recklessly, almost hitting another vehicle and a light pole, officials said. The vehicle also jumped a curb, crossed a sidewalk and had what appeared to be fresh front end damage.

The officer contacted the 911 center and followed the vehicle to the BP gas station at 699 S. Gammon Road, according to the release. While waiting for MPD to arrive, the officer made contact with the driver and occupants of the vehicle.

Police said the officer properly identified himself as an MPD officer and was subsequently sprayed in the face with pepper spray by Sherill K. Howard, 18, of Madison.

Howard, Shalonda T. Jones, 22, of Madison, and another person left the area in the vehicle and were later stopped by officers, according to the release. Police did find a canister of pepper spray in the vehicle.

Howard was arrested on a tentative battery to a police officer charge. Jones was arrested on a tentative party to the crime of battery to a police officer charge.

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