Dash cam video footage made public Tuesday showed that moments after Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Rosecky stopped a tan 2011 Chevy Silverado for speeding early Monday morning, he reeled back from the truck’s driver’s side window, covered his eyes and drew his firearm.
“Show me your hands, now,” Rosecky is heard yelling in the video before the truck pulled away from the side of the road and drove off.
Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner said in a news release Monday that a deputy had been temporarily blinded by a liquid substance, later believed to be oleoresin capsicum, or pepper spray.
Brandner told the Daily Register that Rosecky immediately lost vision in one eye — then was temporarily blinded in the other eye just seconds later.
Rosecky still attempted to give chase to the fleeing truck, but within a matter of seconds he pulled his vehicle over and was unable to continue pursuit, the video shows.A felony charge of battery of an officer is likely to be recommended in this case. Formal charges would be left up to the district attorney's office to decide if or when a suspect is apprehended.