Police Say Harrington Man Struggled With Officer After Receiving Traffic Citation

Harrington – On March 22, 2018 the Harrington Police Department arrested Michael B. Kopp, 37, of Harrington, after he resisted arrest with officers, according to police.

Officials said while on patrol at 12:25 pm, an officer observed Mr. Kopp operating a vehicle in the area of Midway Drive without wearing his seatbelt. The officer initiated a traffic stop and issued him a traffic citation for not wearing his seatbelt.

After Kopp was issued the ticket he sped off in a reckless manner and was spinning tires, according to police. The officer then initiated a second traffic stop, where they say Kopp became disorderly.  He began yelling and cursing at the officer and threw his traffic citation out of the window, according to police.

He was ordered several times by the officer to calm down but he continued to be disorderly. The officer then attempted to take Kopp into custody and a brief struggle ensued, according to officials. He was taken into custody and transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing.

The officer suffered minor abrasions to his hands and neck. Kopp was charged with Resisting arrest with force or violence (felony), Disorderly conduct, Offensive Touching of a Law Enforcement Officer and Littering. He was arraigned via video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 2.

He was released on $3,101.00 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance.

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