Officer was dragged for several feet by moving vehicle and thrown to the ground.
A Brockton man pleaded guilty on Thursday, April 7, 2022, to assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer while fleeing a motor vehicle stop.
Tykeam Jackson, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Sept. 13, 2022. Jackson was arrested and charged in August 2020.
On July 27, 2020, a deputized federal law enforcement officer stopped Jackson in Avon for speeding and instructed him to exit his vehicle. Instead, Jackson accelerated the vehicle with such force that the officer was dragged for several feet and thrown to the ground. Jackson then sped away, drove in and out of a public parking lot where he swerved around pedestrians and other vehicles, ignored traffic signals and drove into oncoming traffic, eventually travelling at a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour in the breakdown lane of Route 24. After attempting to cross all three travel lanes, Jackson lost control of the vehicle and crashed head-on into the guardrail. He exited the vehicle, ran across Route 24 and was subsequently found running into and obstructing traffic on a nearby roadway.
According to court documents, at the time of the offense, Jackson was on probation resulting for an armed robbery conviction in Suffolk Superior Court.
The charge of assaulting a federal officer provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New England Field Division; and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey made the announcement. The Massachusetts State Police provided assistance with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Hoefle of Rollins’ Organized Crime & Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.