HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Greenfield who allegedly struck and dragged a state trooper with his car in Holyoke last week was arraigned Wednesday after multiple delays this week while the suspect was in the hospital.

According to State Police, a trooper attempted to stop a Chevy Malibu on I-91 North near the Holyoke rest stop around 3 p.m. Friday. The car attempted to drive off, striking the trooper and dragging him a short distance. That trooper was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, treated for a lower-body injury, and released. The vehicle struck the trooper’s cruiser and other vehicles before eventually crashing on I-91. The suspect then ran away on foot into the woods.

Around 5:30 p.m. a State Police K9 Unit located and arrested 45-year-old Michael J. Williams Jr. of Greenfield. Williams is being held without bail for a violation of probation from a previous conviction.

Williams pleaded not guilty in Holyoke District Court on the following charges:

  1. Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
  2. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  3. Operating After License was Suspended for Prior OUI Offense
  4. Leaving the Scene of a Crash that Caused Personal Injury
  5. Failure to Stop for Police
  6. Speeding
  7. Marked Lanes Violation
  8. Resisting Arrest

Bail was set at $100,000 and is due back in court on October 18th.

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