Sheriff ID’s person of interest in deputy pepper spray attack

UPDATE (WKOW) — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office now says Joshua T. Martin, 30, is a person of interest. He is currently listed as a missing person in Dane County, the Sheriff’s Office says. Martin was last seen in WestPoint Township, near Prairie du Sac.

If you have seen Joshua or had contact with him you are asked to contact authorities at (608) 255-2345.

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COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) — A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy was sprayed in the face with a liquid that may have been pepper spray during an early Monday traffic stop.

The deputy stopped the vehicle shortly after midnight for speeding on Wisconsin Highway 60 at O’Conner Road in the Township of Westpoint.

When the deputy approached, the driver sprayed a liquid into the deputy’s face and eyes. The sheriff’s office says the substance was possibly an Oleoresin Capsicum, commonly called pepper spray,disabling the deputy.

The driver fled the scene.

Deputies later found the vehicle abandoned in the Westpoint subdivision of Sellwood. It had been stolen just prior to the stop, according to a news release.

The suspect was last observed walking through yards in the subdivision heading west toward Lake Wisconsin.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to help in identifying the subject.

Citizens with information about this crime or video footage in their neighborhood related to this incident should contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 608-742-4166 or Columbia County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-293-8477.

Social Media users can submit a tip on the Columbia County sheriff’s Office Facebook page by selecting the “submit a tip” button.

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