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Oshkosh Police use pepper spray during traffic stop

11:31 AM, Jan. 25, 2013  |  Comments
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Oshkosh Police used pepper spray on an Oshkosh man who would not comply with an officer's requests during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of Pearl Avenue.

The officer initially stopped the 45-year-old man for non-registration of his vehicle, but then realized he also had a suspended driver's license, said Joe Nichols, spokesman for the Oshkosh Police Department. The traffic stop took place shortly before 1:30 p.m.

While the officer was trying to get information on who to contact to pick up the man's vehicle, the man kept grabbing at something in his pocket. The officer, thinking the man may be reaching for a weapon, asked the man to step out of the vehicle. He did not and a scuffle ensued, Nichols said.

During the scuffle, the officer was able to call for backup and four or five squad cars arrived. Officers had to pepper spray the man before they were able to handcuff him and place him under arrest.

The man was taken to the Winnebago County Jail for resisting arrest. He was also given citations for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver's license and non-registration of an automobile, Nichols said.

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