WEST CHESTER, PA — A traffic stop in West Chester, Pennsylvania, escalated into a physical altercation, resulting in the arrest of a 23-year-old Drexel Hill man on September 11, 2023.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:32 AM in the 50 block of W. Barnard St., when a West Chester Police Officer initiated a traffic stop after noticing a vehicle facing the wrong direction. Upon investigation, the officer encountered an intoxicated individual identified as Michael Katrakazis, who allegedly proceeded to become combative and belligerent.
Despite police efforts to take him into custody, Katrakazis reportedly resisted, leading to an injury for one of the officers involved. Additional officers were called to the scene to assist, eventually managing to subdue and arrest Katrakazis.
Following his arrest, Katrakazis was transported to the West Chester Police Department where he was processed on multiple charges, including Aggravated Assault Cause Bodily Injury Officers, Resisting Arrest, and Public Drunkenness. He was later transported to Chester County Prison for arraignment.
A preliminary hearing for Katrakazis is pending at District Court 15-1-01. The specific details surrounding the officer’s injuries have not been released at this time.
Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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