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Police: Suspect Who Smashed Own Vehicle With Hatchet Arrested After Chase

The suspect was eventually taken into custody



    Police Arrest Suspect After Chase

    Randall Harrison of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was arrested after police say they saw him hitting his own vehicle with a hatchet; he allegedly led them on a chase Monday. (Published Monday, Aug. 1, 2016)

    Police arrested a driver after a chase on the South Coast of Massachusetts Monday afternoon.

    Fifty-year-old Randall Harrison of New Bedford was seen smacking his own vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer, with a hatchet in Rochester, according to state police.

    Authorities began chasing him and he allegedly waved the hatchet and a knife out the window. Units pursuing Harrison also said he doused himself with butane fluid.

    Harrison was chased down Route 6 in Wareham before ultimately being apprehended in downtown New Bedford.

    Gwen Gabello, who lives nearby in New Bedford, said the chase came to an end near her home. She caught the scene on video, showing numerous police vehicles and a helicopter overhead.

    Police Chase Comes to an EndPolice Chase Comes to an End

    "Police were flying by our house and I just followed to see," she said. "With all the commotion it was just nice to see the quick reaction of all involved."

    Harrison was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for evaluation. He will be booked after his release.

    Gabello said it appeared that a fish and wildlife vehicle brought the chase to an end by stopping the suspect vehicle head on; state police noted that Massachusetts Environmental Police were "instrumental in the arrest."

    Video shows the suspect vehicle was trapped between several police vehicles on a city street.

    No charges have been announced and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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