HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Greenfield man is in police custody following a manhunt that began after he hit and dragged a state trooper in Holyoke, injuring that officer.

According to State Police, around 3:00 p.m. Friday a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle on I-91 North at the Holyoke rest area. The car attempted to drive off, which caused the trooper to be struck and dragged. The trooper was injured and has been taken to the hospital.

The vehicle crashed further up the road but the suspect ran into the woods. Traffic was redirected in the area of where the crash occurred for hours.

Multiple Massachusetts State Police and other local police partners searched for the suspect throughout the area for hours, one 22News viewer sent a video of a helicopter assisting the search.

Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, a Massachusetts State Police K9 Unit located and arrested the suspect. The arrest was made by Sgt. Jack Doherty and K9 Roxy.

The suspect has been identified as Michael J. Williams Jr., 45, of Greenfield.

Williams was charged with the following offenses:

  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; and 
  8. Resisting Arrest.

He is being held without bail for a violation of conditions of his probation from a previous conviction. He will be arraigned Monday, September 25th in Northampton District Court. 

The trooper who was dragged was brought by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for a lower body injury. The Trooper was treated and has been released. 

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