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Dubuque Officer Hospitalized After Contact with Unknown Substance

A police vehicle sits outside of a Central Avenue apartment building Wednesday night (Courtesy: KCRG).

A Dubuque Police officer was hospitalized after coming in contact with an unknown substance last night. According to a release from the department, the officer was called to a disturbance at an apartment near the intersection of Central Avenue and 21st Street at about 7:45 PM. Officers arrested 46-year-old Nathan Chapman on charges of Domestic Assault Causing Injury and 2nd Degree Harassment. As police were investigating, they noticed pieces of drug paraphernalia around the apartment. During a search, the officer accidentally inhaled a powdery substance and began to lose consciousness. Fellow officers administered NarCan and the officer was taken to MercyOne Medical Center for treatment. He was treated for several hours and has since been released to recuperate at home. The name of the officer has not been released, though the department says he’s a nine-year veteran of the force. The powdery substance the officer came in contact with was collected and is being tested. Chapman had previously been arrested for drug possession on Tuesday morning.

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