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Sirens & Gavels

Attorney said release conditions for repeat offender “unreasonable”

Brandon Hutchinson found himself back in court again this week and was ordered held on $100,000 bond on a charge of escape from community custody, bringing his total bond on multiple criminal charges to $410,000.

Hutchinson fled from police on March 17 after the car he was riding in crashed. He allegedly broke down a woman’s door, stole her car keys and then got in a tussle with police. During the struggle Hutchinson allegedly stole an officer’s Taser and shocked the officer with it.

After that incident Hutchinson’s bond was set at $100,000 for several criminal charges. He posted bond in early May and one of his release conditions was that he had to report where he was staying within one day of his release. A warrant for his arrest was issued three days later after he failed to meet that condition. Hutchinson was arrested May 11 after leading police on another chase, driving through red lights and into oncoming traffic before finally crashing.

The charge of escape from community custody is based on Hutchinson providing an address to his community corrections officer that he was not living at. He was released from prison in July and is still on probation.

Hutchinson’s attorney, Adrienne Thommes, said in court this week that her client didn’t “willfully violate” his conditions. “This is a human being who had just got out of jail,” she said. “I think the expectations of the court are very unreasonable.”

Nina Culver
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