After 2-year wait in jail, plea deal sets man free
A Caldwell County man accused of ramming a deputy's patrol car with a stolen truck and then running away, despite having been both shot and hit with a taser, pleaded guilty Monday in Caldwell Superior Court to felony assault with a deadly weapon on a law government official and two counts of hit and run.
Malcolm Lynn Andrews, 45, was sentenced to 21 to 25 months in prison, but he already had been behind bars for 25 months awaiting trial, so he was to be released as soon as his paperwork was processed.
Andrews was accused of taking a Ford F150 pickup truck on Sept. 25, 2011, from his uncle, J.P. Andrews, with whom he shared a home at 5860 Upton Place in the Globe community, and forcing his uncle into the truck with him. But his uncle managed to get out of the truck. The two struggled, and Malcolm Andrews threw J.P. Andrews to the ground and took the keys to a Ford Ranger also owned by J.P. Andrews and drove away in it.
A Caldwell County sheriff's deputy saw the Ranger about 11 p.m. and followed it. The chase led to Upton Place, a dead-end street, where Andrews then turned the truck around and struck the deputy’s patrol car head-on. The impact of the crash disabled the patrol car, but the deputy got out, ducked behind the patrol car and fired at Andrews, striking him once in the left shoulder. The deputy also tased Andrews, but Andrews ran away, jumping from a bridge into a creek.
Andrews was found nearly six hours later. His attorney, Robert Robbins, said Andrews was not taking his Ativan, medication to help manage anxiety disorders associated with depresstion, at the time of the incident.
The deputy was placed on administrative leave to recuperate from injuries he sustained in the crash.