Escapee pleads, gets 8 years

Published 12:22 am Friday, October 11, 2013

An Andalusia Police Department trustee who escaped and led officers on a three-day manhunt pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Zachary Obrien Chambers, 22, was a trustee assigned to the APD when he walked off the site and into a waiting car on Sat., Aug. 17.

Chambers had been a trustee at the APD for less than a week when he executed his escape plan. His accomplice, 23-year-old Topeka Shanta Bryant, was seen on video driving a black Ford Taurus as she pulled up to the side of the APD and Chambers got in. Bryant was arrested and charged with permitting or facilitating an escape II, a Class “A” misdemeanor, in Andalusia Municipal Court.

Although Bryant was arrested the same day of the escape, Chambers remained at large for several days. He turned himself in to the APD’s Sgt. Alice Donaldson the following Wednesday.