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
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.