Albany's police chief survives dangerous suspect escape

POSTED: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 2:59pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:00am

Albany's Chief of Police considers himself lucky to be back at work--A run-in with three alleged trespassers nearly cost him his life.

Authorities say Chief Russell Hutchinson was dragged across a field after trying to arrest three men who were attempting to steal a flat-bed trailer in Holden.

They say Hutchinson was removing the keys out of the suspects' red Chevy truck when two of the men sandwiched him inside and took off.

Hutchinson tried to free himself but before he did authorities say he was dragged for several seconds alongside the truck.

Still-- the chief was able to get into his unit and chase after the suspects.

Authorities say thanks to that effort all three suspects were eventually brought into custody.

"I consider myself to be very lucky. They were fish-tailing and I'm lucky they didn't run over me. In 31 years as Albany's Chief of Police, it's one of top five scariest moments I've ever had" says Chief Hutchinson.

Investigators say 35-year-old Andrew Fearman, 32-year-old Brian Register and 56-year-old Jerry "Hacksaw" McMahon, all from Ponchatoula, have been booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on a variety of charges including theft, aggravated escape and battery of a police officer.

Fearman, the trucks driver, also faces attempted second degree murder charges.

Investigators say more charges are likely.