GREENFIELD - A 33-year-old man suspected of attempting to steal one car before successfully stealing a second and then a third, led police on an early morning chase through Greenfield, where he crashed into a tree and required extrication from the vehicle before being airlifted to Albany Medical Center. The incident also included a Trooper discharging their firearm.
According to the county Sheriff’s Department, the sheriff’s office and State Police responded to a burglary call on Allen Road in Greenfield at 6:19 a.m. The caller told authorities that someone whom he did not know broke into his residence, assaulted him with a weapon and attempted to steal his vehicle.
Unsuccessful in his attempt to take the first vehicle, the suspect moved on to a neighboring residence from where stole a vehicle and fled. With Sheriff’s patrols in pursuit, the driver subsequently stole a second vehicle on Locust Grove Road by blocking its path of travel and taking the vehicle from its operator at knifepoint, according to police.
After disregarding the command of a state Police Trooper who had exited his patrol car, the suspect attempted to continue northbound on Locust Grove Road, allegedly “driving at the Trooper.” The Trooper discharged their firearm, but did not hit the suspect, according to authorities. The suspect fled north on Locust Grove Road and crashed into a tree near Greene Road. Following an extended extrication process, he was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.
Police identified the suspect as 33-year-old Jeffrey A. Field of Round Top, N.Y. - a hamlet in Greene County about 9 miles northwest of Catskill.