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Witness recounts Joshua Martin police chase in Sauk County

SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) — As Columbia County files charges against Joshua Martin related to pepper spraying a deputy, a Sauk City man recounts his experience leading up to Martin’s arrests.

Martin was arrested in Sauk County early morning Wednesday after Brandon LaRoche said he lead police on a chase through Sauk City and Prairie du Sac neighborhoods.

“He just flew past, we had to pull over, like we pulled over really quick because he was coming really quick,” LaRoche said.

LaRoche said he delivers papers in Sauk City and Prairie du Sac so he often works overnight. This particular night, he said he and his boss noticed a commotion around 3 a.m.

“We heard sirens and we didn’t think anything of it cause sometimes we hear sirens at night and she looks over and says someone’s getting pulled over and they weren’t stopping,” LaRoche said.

He later realized it was Joshua Martin, after hearing of his arrest on the news.

During the chase, LaRoche said he listened to the scanner traffic to avoid getting caught up again, but he said he caught one more sight of Martin before he abandoned his car.

“When he went up towards Grand Ave. was when we seen him one more time, when he was on Ray St. coming back from the high school,” he said.

Eventually, police were able to arrest Martin later that morning. Meanwhile, LaRoche said it was a long night for him, knowing that man was still in the neighborhood.

“I stayed up until he was caught cause I wanted to know what happened,” he said. “There ain’t nothing else like that going on at night, especially around here.”

Martin appeared in Sauk County Court Thursday, on charges of driving a car without the owner’s consent. Martin has not yet appeared in Columbia County Court.

According to the Columbia County Jail, he has not yet been moved there to face his charges.

He’s due back in Sauk County Court in June.

Michelle Alfini

Reporter, WKOW

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