Man who allegedly pepper sprayed deputy has first court appearance

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BARABOO (WKOW) — Joshua Martin appeared in Sauk County court Thursday, after his arrest by Sauk Prairie Police Wednesday.

In Sauk County, he faces charges of driving a car without the owner’s consent.

This is a separate case from the one he’ll face in Columbia County for allegedly pepper spraying a deputy.

Martin appeared through video from the Sauk County Jail.

In his orange jumpsuit he easily responded to the judge’s questions.

While his family has pushed for him to go into mental health custody, that was not brought up at this appearance.

However the attorney representing the county argued he could be at risk of trying to escape.

“Judge, I think his conduct, as it relates to this case, as well as his warrant history, gives state reason to believe he may not make his appearances in court,” C. Remington McConnell, assistant District Attorney, said.

The judge agreed, and set a $500 cash bond.

He’s due back in court in June.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office says charges there are still pending because prosecutors are waiting for a report on his arrest.

Joshua Martin/Sauk County Jail photo
Francisco Almenara

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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