News Break 06/16/2003 08:40:07 EST Vt. Trooper Killed Trying to StopDriver A driver who had fled after he was pulled over for speeding struck and killed a veteran trooper who was trying to stop his car, authorities said. State Police Sgt. Michael Johnson, 39, had placed spike strips on Interstate 91 in Norwich on Sunday to stop motorist Eric Daley, 23, police said. Daley swerved to miss the spikes, struck Johnson as he tried to take cover, then got out of his car and fled into a wooded area, police said. A search for the suspect continued Monday. Johnson died Sunday at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. "Sergeant Michael Johnson of the Vermont State Police today made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life in the line of duty," said Gov. James Douglas. It was the first death of a Vermont trooper in the line of duty in more than 10 years. Daley, driving a 1991 Nissan NX Coupe, had been stopped for speeding by another trooper about 3:45 p.m. State police said he fled south about five miles until he came to the spikes Johnson had placed on the highway to puncture his tires.