Trooper partially in car during pursuit, driver tasered before being arrested

    Tyler McConnell, 23, of Manistee, was arrested and charged after a traffic stop with Michigan State Police. (Photo Courtesy: Michigan State Police)

    MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A traffic stop turned violent after a Michigan State Police trooper got into a struggle with a driver.

    The trooper involved was attempting to make the stop near Dublin after a driver failed to dim their headlights around 8:20 p.m. Saturday.

    After the trooper discovered the driver had an active felony assault warrant out of Manistee County, he told the driver he was under arrest and ordered him to get out of the car.

    Instead, the driver put the car into drive, according to MSP.

    During this time, the trooper, in an attempt to prevent a pursuit situation, reached into the car in an attempt to stop the driver from getting it into gear.

    According to MSP, the driver was still able to get the car into gear and begin driving away with the trooper still partially inside the car.

    The trooper ran alongside the car for about 30 yards until, fearing for his safety, was able to disengage from the struggle.

    After being able to free himself from the struggle, the trooper went back to his patrol car, radioed for help and began to follow the fleeing car.

    After briefly loosing sight of the car, the trooper was able to relocate the suspect vehicle and a pursuit went on for several miles.

    The suspect, who was identified as Tyler McConnell, 23, crashed his vehicle into the woods at the intersection of Brooks Road and 9 Mile Road in Lake County before fleeing on foot.

    MSP said two Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers arrived on scene a short time later to assist the trooper in tracking the suspect through the deep snow.

    During the pursuit, McConnell was located attempting to hide behind a tree.

    According to MSP, McConnell was eventually tasered by one of the DNR officers and taken into custody after he refused to show his hands or comply with multiple other commands to surrender himself.

    McConnell was charged with fleeing and eluding 3rd degree, assault with a dangerous weapon (the vehicle) and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

    He is being held on a $50,000/10-percent bond.

    The scene where Tyler McConnell, 23, of Manistee, crashed his car in some Lake County woods after leading Michigan State Police on a pursuit. (Photo Courtesy: Michigan State Police)

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