State Police arrest Springfield man for attempted murder and kidnapping following Western MA pursuit

A pursuit on I-90 today resulted in the arrest of a Springfield man on numerous charges, including attempted murder and kidnapping.

It began at about 3:00 p.m., when Trooper Chad Smith stopped a 2018 Honda Accord operated by TAHJ MCCORMICK, 23, of Springfield on I-90 Westbound in Chicopee for a marked lanes violation.  MCCORMICK initially gave a false name to the trooper and then fled in the vehicle at a high rate of speed.   

Troopers pursued the vehicle westbound.  The vehicle then took the Exit 3 ramp and traveled over the curbing, maneuvering to change direction on I-90.  While the vehicle was traveling in the median, an adult female passenger exited the vehicle while it was still moving and was dragged a short distance before breaking free of the vehicle.  Trooper Smith tended to the injured woman while other troopers continued the pursuit, which was now going eastbound on I-90 with the suspect vehicle riding on two flat tires at speeds exceeding 90 mph.

The Accord then took the ramp at Exit 4 in Westfield and crashed into the guardrail.  MCCORMICK fled on foot from the vehicle with troopers in pursuit.  Trooper Michael Trombley eventually caught up with MCCORMICK and, after a brief struggle, placed him in custody.

MCCORMICK was transported to Noble Hospital in Westfield for treatment of minor injuries before being booked at the Westfield barracks on the following charges:

  1. Attempted murder
  2. Kidnapping
  3. Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  4. OUI drugs
  5. Operating after revocation as a habitual traffic offender
  6. Resisting arrest
  7. Possession of a Class B substance; subsequent offense
  8. Operator refusing to identify self
  9. Failure to stop for police
  10. Speeding
  11. Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  12. Leaving the scene of a personal injury crash
  13. Leaving the scene of a property damage crash
  14. Using a motor vehicle without authority
  15. Breakdown lane violation
  16. Passing violation
  17. Marked lanes violation
  18. Failure to signal

MCCORMICK was held without bail and will be transported to the Ludlow House of Correction pending his arraignment in Chicopee District Court on Monday.

State Police were assisted on scene by Westfield EMS. The female passenger in the Honda Accord was transported to Noble Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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