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Colfax man arrested after incident near Karl’s Chevrolet

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — A 29-year-old Colfax man has been arrested after being spotted near the back door of Karl’s Chevrolet with a pipe in his hand and then fleeing from the Colfax police chief.

Joshua J. Gibson was arrested on July 22 for felony bail jumping from Chippewa County, resisting arrest, criminal damage to property, and being in possession of burglary tools.

At the time of his arrest, Gibson was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, said Colfax Police Chief Pete Gehring.

At around 9 p.m. on the evening of July 22, Police Chief Gehring said he was on patrol in Colfax when he saw Gibson and another woman near the back door of Karl’s Chevrolet. Gibson had a pipe in his hand, he said.

When Police Chief Gehring confronted the pair, Gibson fled.

“It was a routine patrol. He was by the back door of Karl’s with a 20-inch pipe in his hand … he ran away … and I caught up with him later on,” Police Chief Gehring said.

Gibson was taken to the Dunn County jail, was transferred to the Red Cedar Medical Center for evaluation, was taken back to jail and made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court on July 23, Police Chief Gehring said.

Gibson also was arrested after a knife incident in the Cedar Country Cooperative parking lot June 9, although he was not involved in the knife incident.

While officers were searching a Third Avenue residence for Michael A.T. Smith, who was allegedly involved in the June 9 knife incident, officers also ended up also arresting Gibson on an outstanding warrant from Chippewa County.

According to online court records, Gibson has been charged in Chippewa County with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, third offense, operating with a restricted controlled substance, possession of narcotics and possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

Court records indicate that Gibson failed to show up for several court hearings in Chippewa County and that Judge James Isaacson issued a bench warrant for Gibson’s arrest.