Bonneville Phoenix Network
 KTAR News
 Arizona Sports
92.3 FM KTAR
close_menu
LATEST NEWS
Updated Sep 1, 2014 - 11:45 am

Motorcyclist dies while in Mohave County custody

LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. — Authorities say a motorcyclist who died after being
arrested following a traffic stop in the Arizona Strip region was facing a
felony warrant out of California.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Trish Carter said deputies in the
Littlefield area spotted 44-year-old Michael John O’Connell traveling on a
motorcycle Friday night. The motorcycle didn’t have a license plate.

Deputies tried to stop O’Connell. He abandoned the bike and ran into the
desert.

Carter said deputies found him in some brush and used a Taser twice after he
allegedly became combative. He stopped breathing while being led in handcuffs to
a patrol car.

The cause of his death is unknown. An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday.

Carter says the warrant naming O’Connell alleged several counts of lewd or
lascivious acts involving a child.

Comments

comments powered by Disqus