HOLYOKE - A Massachusetts State Police trooper was taken to the hospital after he was hit and dragged by a car trying to flee a traffic stop in Holyoke. It happened at a rest area on the northbound side of Route 91.
State Police said the trooper was standing outside the car when the suspect, 45-year-old Michael Williams of Greenfield, took off.
The trooper was dragged a short distance. The trooper's cruiser and other vehicles were struck by the suspect as he fled, according to State Police.
Police said the suspect crashed a short time later before fleeing on foot into the woods between routes 91 and 5.
A search of the area included multiple State Police K9 unit teams, local police, and a drone. A K9 unit took Williams into custody.
Williams faces several charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and operating after his license was suspended for a prior OUI offense. He is being held without bail.
The trooper who was dragged was taken to a hospital to be treated for a lower body injury and released.
Williams will be arraigned Monday in Northampton District Court.
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