Hatchet-waving man leads police on chase in Massachusetts

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A hatchet-waving man led police on a chase through several Massachusetts towns.

A Rochester police officer responded Monday to a report of a person with a hatchet, acting erratically. When the officer arrived, the man allegedly charged at the officer and then got into his SUV and sped off.

During the pursuit, police say the suspect, later identified as 50-year-old Randall Harrison, was seen waving the hatchet and a knife out the driver’s side window and dousing himself with butane fuel.

State and local police chased Harrison for about 20 miles. The pursuit eventually ended in New Bedford when officers were able to box him in.

Police say they recovered the hatchet, two folding knives, a canister of butane and a lighter from the SUV. Harrison was taken to a hospital for evaluation.