Motorcyclist dies while in Mohave County custody

Michael John O'Connell

Credit: Mohave County Sheriff's Office

Michael John O'Connell

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 4 at 5:24 AM

LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. (AP) -- 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 says 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 says 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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