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Sheriff releases dashcam video of deputy getting sprayed in face during traffic stop

WESTPOINT, Wis. - Authorities released video from an incident in Columbia County early Monday in which a deputy was attacked with what is possibly pepper spray

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office released the video Tuesday, which shows the deputy stopping a truck, walking up to the driver's side and asking the driver if there's a reason he was speeding. Seconds later, the deputy stumbles backward from the truck, points what appears to be his gun at the truck and tells the driver to show his hands. 

The truck drives away, and the deputy runs to his vehicle, begins pursuing the truck but has to pull over because the pepper spray affected his vision. 

The sheriff's office said Monday that investigators are looking for 30-year-old Joshua T. Martin as a person of interest. He's listed as a missing person from Dane County.  

The Dane County Sheriff's Office report said Martin's family and friends believe he may be going through a mental health crisis and they are concerned about his welfare. His car was found in the town of Dane. Officials said he may have a mixed-breed pit bull dog with him. 

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Martin was last believed to be near Highway 188 and Selwood Drive in the town of WestPoint near Prairie du Sac. 

The deputy had pulled Martin over for speeding, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office said. Martin sprayed the deputy with a substance, possibly oleoresin capsicum, commonly known as pepper spray. 

Martin fled the scene, according to a news release. Responding officers later found the stolen tan 2011 Chevrolet Silverado abandoned in the Westpoint subdivision of Sellwood. The truck was stolen just prior to the traffic stop on Highway 60.  

 

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