Drug suspect stopped on I-91 after wrestling with, escaping trooper

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Police stopped a suspect fleeing from state troopers by flattening his car tires with a “spike strip” thrown across a section of Interstate 91 Wednesday evening.

Paul Heim, 30, of Woodstock, Vt., faces drug and assault charges after allegedly running from a State Police trooper attempting to place him into custody and dragging the officer with his car, according to police reports.

Heim was arrested on charges of possession of a Class A drug (heroin), possession of a Class B drug (crack cocaine), unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer, state police said in a statement.

State Police said about 6:50 p.m. Trooper Charles Murphy from the Northampton barracks attempted to stop Heim’s vehicle on I-91 north near exit 24 in Deerfield for motor vehicle violations.

During the stop, Murphy attempted to place Heim into custody; Heim resisted and a struggle began, according to police reports, and then Heim broke free, got back into his car and drove off, dragging Murphy a short distance. The extent of Murphy’s injuries, if any, were unclear.

But Murphy did return to his cruiser and followed.

During the chase, Heim allegedly threw an object from his car, police said, and a search of the area recovered about 182 bags of heroin, a bag containing crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, according to state police.

A state police helicopter, troopers from the Northampton and Shelburne barracks and Deerfield police assisted in the pursuit.

Deerfield Sgt. Michael Krusiewski got on to I-91 north in Greenfield, was able to get a safe distance ahead of Heim’s vehicle and lay down a set of “spike strips” in the road which flattened Heim’s tires, forcing him to stop, according to Deerfield police.

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