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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

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.


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