06/16/2003 08:40:07 EST
Vt. Trooper Killed Trying to Stop Driver
A driver who had fled after he was pulled over for speeding struck and
killed a veteran
trooper who was trying to stop his car, authorities said.
State Police Sgt. Michael Johnson, 39, had placed spike strips on
Interstate 91 in Norwich
on Sunday to stop motorist Eric Daley, 23, police said. Daley swerved
to miss the spikes,
struck Johnson as he tried to take cover, then got out of his car and
fled into a wooded
area, police said. A search for the suspect continued Monday.
Johnson died Sunday at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon,
"Sergeant Michael Johnson of the Vermont State Police today made the
ultimate sacrifice and
gave his life in the line of duty," said Gov. James Douglas. It was
the first death of a
Vermont trooper in the line of duty in more than 10 years.
Daley, driving a 1991 Nissan NX Coupe, had been stopped for speeding
by another trooper
about 3:45 p.m. State police said he fled south about five miles until
he came to the spikes
Johnson had placed on the highway to puncture his tires.