Springfield man facing attempted murder, kidnapping charges after police chase

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man was arrested on 18 charges, including attempted murder and kidnapping following a police chase on I-90 Friday afternoon. 

According to State Police, a trooper stopped a 2018 Honda Accord being operated by 23-year-old Tahj McCormick on I-90 West in Chicopee, for a marked lanes violation. McCormick allegedly gave the trooper a fake name and then sped off, initiating a pursuit around 3 p.m.

A woman who was in the passenger seat exited the vehicle while it was moving fast and was dragged a short distance before breaking free from the vehicle. One trooper stopped to assist the injured woman, while other troopers continued chasing the suspect, who was going eastbound on I-90 on two flat tires and exceeding 90 mph. 

The condition of the woman or her identity has not been released.

State Police told 22News McCormick took the ramp at Exit 4 in Westfield and crashed into the guardrail, that’s when he exited the vehicle and took off on foot. A state trooper eventually caught up to McCormick and after a brief struggle, he was taken into custody. 

McCormick was treated for minor injuries at Baystate Noble in Westfield before being booked at the Westfield barracks on the following charges: 

  • Attempted murder 
  • Kidnapping 
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon 
  • OUI drugs 
  • Operating after revocation as a habitual traffic offender 
  • Resisting arrest 
  • Possession of a Class B substance; subsequent offense 
  • Operator refusing to identify self 
  • Failure to stop for police 
  • Speeding 
  • Negligent operation of a motor vehicle 
  • Leaving the scene of a personal injury crash 
  • Leaving the scene of a property damage crash 
  • Using a motor vehicle without authority 
  • Breakdown lane violation 
  • Passing violation 
  • Marked lanes violation 
  • Failure to signal 

McCormick is currently being held without bail and will be transferred to the Ludlow House of Correction pending his arraignment in Chicopee District Court on Monday.

Westfield EMS assisted State Police.

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