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Man looks to file lawsuit against Outagamie Co. Sheriff's over "beating"


DARBOY, WI (WTAQ) - An internal affairs investigation is underway concerning the conduct of Outagamie County Sheriff’s deputies during the arrest of a drunk driver who received serious injuries to his head.   

In an email, 32-year-old Joshua Peterson of De Pere admits to being intoxicated when he was approached by a deputy around 1:45 a.m. Saturday July 27th just before stepping out of his vehicle in the parking lot of a Kwip Trip in Darboy.

“I was admittedly very drunk, obnoxious, and incredibly dumb,“ Peterson said. 

Peterson’s father Terry Peterson spoke with WTAQ on behalf of his son, who says he didn’t want to comment because he is seeking legal counsel for an anticipated lawsuit that will be filed against the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department. 

Peterson was apparently asked to get out of his car for nearly 20 minutes, but instead disobeyed deputies commands and demanded to know what his rights were.

Peterson was finally grabbed by the deputy and forced out of his car, then had his head hit the pavement during the altercation.

Peterson suffered a large cut to his forehead that needed stitches, a concussion, bruising on his head, hands and shoulders.

“He took a pretty good beating… I’ve worked as a correctional officer for 27 years, and I’ve never seen anybody, officer or inmate beaten that bad,” Peterson said. 

Peterson says as a law enforcement officer or correctional officer, there is an inherit rule of thumb to protect the head of the person resisting.

Peterson says his son Joshua was arrested for OWI, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. 

The Outagamie County District Attorney has filed charges of OWI First Offense and Operating a Vehicle after Suspension, Revocation or Cancellation of Registration.

Outagamie County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Jobe wouldn’t comment on any specifics of the incident.

“As in any case that we receive a complaint from a citizen about officer conduct , we make sure that a thorough, complete and impartial investigation is done into the matter, and once the facts are determined, at that point we determine if any actions should be taken,” Jobe said. 

Jobe says the investigation into officer conduct is being done by the Appleton Police Department. 

There is dash cam video and video surveillance from the Kwik Trip, but those will not be released until the investigation is complete.