An Old Hickory man was arrested after crashing his car and then allegedly stealing a vehicle belonging to another person who had stopped to see if he was injured and needed assistance.
Mt. Juliet Police Department Sgt. Tyler Chandler said Stephen Fields, 20, of Old Hickory, crashed his car into a creek at about 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the area of Old Lebanon Dirt Road and Nighthawk Lane. A 43-year-old Mt. Juliet resident heard the crash and drove to the scene to see if anyone needed assistance.
Upon arriving, Fields reportedly acted as if he was looking for a passenger who was possible ejected from the car. The concerned citizen began looking around the crash scene for another injured person, and while the concerned citizen was away from his GMC SUV, Chandler said, Fields allegedly stole it and sped away.
Chandler noted that Cpl. Rountree was responding to the crash when he spotted Fields and the SUV passed him at an extremely high rate of speed. A pursuit began after Rountree turned around and attempted to stop Fields. However, due to the extremely fast speeds, officers lost sight of him temporarily.
Sgt. Cook then spotted the SUV and chased it until Fields bailed from the vehicle and ran from officers on foot. Fields was later spotted by another citizen who saw him reportedly running through his yard on Clearview Drive in Mt. Juliet. That citizen was able to hold him with a rifle until officers arrived and took him into custody.
Fields was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail and was charged with the following:Theft of Property $10,000 bond Resisting Arrest $2,500 bond Evading Arrest $2,500 bond Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage $2,500 bond
He has a court date set for May 28.
The vehicle that he stole was returned to the owner who stopped to help him originally. Unfortunately, the vehicle received some damage from Fields reckless driving behavior, Chandler said.