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Massachusetts State Police trooper hit and dragged by car in Holyoke, suspect arrested

Suspect accused of dragging trooper with car in Holyoke arrested
Suspect accused of dragging trooper with car in Holyoke arrested 01:32

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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