YREKA, Calif. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says that deputy was injured when a suspect fought with officers and fled the scene last Wednesday.
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, several officer with the Sheriff's Office were trying to find a suspect with an outstanding felony arrest warrant issued by the Siskiyou County Superior Court. The deputies arrived in the 100-block of Irene Lane where the road meets S Old Stage Road south of the city of Mount Shasta.
Upon the deputies arrival, the Sheriff's Office says that suspect 28-year-old Michael Louis O'Connell ran away on foot and led deputies on a pursuit through a property behind the house, where he then jumped inside a Dodge truck and locked the door.
"Forced entry was made and the suspect violently resisted arrest, started the vehicle’s ignition, and then accelerated away from the scene," the Sheriff's Office said. "A deputy was thrown to the ground and nearly run over by the vehicle."
O'Connell reportedly drove away from the scene, evading other deputies and officers that responded. The vehicle was later found by Mt. Shasta Police, abandoned on Wagon Wheel Road.
A search of the area did not find O'Connell until later that evening, SCSO said. Finally, two officers spotted him, taking him into custody for the original arrest warrant and an additional charge for felony resisting arrest. He may face more charges in the case.
The deputy who was hurt during the first arrest attempt was treated for injuries at a local medical facility, the Sheriff's Office said.
"We are thankful this incident did not end with more people getting hurt and more serious injuries being sustained by the deputy involved in this dangerous confrontation," Sheriff Jon Lopey said. "It is always a bad idea to resist, obstruct, and delay a peace officer while he or she is engaged in the performance of their duties and such abhorrent behavior endangered the suspect, all involved peace officers, and citizens. The felony resisting arrest offense, due to the nature of the violence and the resulting injury to the deputy, is a serious matter, which potentially could result in a state prison sentence."