A Brockton convicted felon will spend more than six years in federal prison for striking and dragging a Massachusetts State Police trooper with his car.
U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock sentenced Tykeam Jackson, 27, to 77 months — which is six years and five months — in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer while fleeing a motor vehicle stop. Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge in April of last year.
Police, including at least one trooper who was operating as a deputized federal law enforcement officer, pulled Jackson over in Avon on July 27, 2020, in connection to his being a suspect in a federal firearms-related investigation, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent affidavit.
Jackson was recorded going at 52 mph in a 40-mph zone, so the investigators put on their lights and pulled him over, according to the affidavit. Trooper Sean Healy, working as a member of a task force with the ATF on this case and thus a deputized federal agent, walked over and asked for license and registration.
Jackson, a purported Castlegate Road gang member and on probation for armed robbery at the time, complied and pulled over but appeared “visibly nervous and shaking” as he handed over his driver’s license to the trooper, the Herald reported earlier. The license wasn’t valid and Healy asked him to step out of his Ford Fusion car.
Instead, the affidavit states, Jackson shifted his vehicle into drive, to which Healy reached inside, grabbed Jackson’s shoulder and told him not to flee. Jackson sped away, and Healy was thrown to the ground, and his “head and body hit the ground forcefully.”
Jackson sped, at one point at around 100 mph, through a public parking lot, where his vehicle dodged pedestrians and other vehicles and sped through traffic lights and into oncoming traffic, and across all three travel lanes of Route 24 before slamming head-on into a guardrail.
Jackson fled on foot “and was almost struck several times by oncoming traffic” before another trooper apprehended him, according to an affidavit.