GREENFIELD – A man invaded the home of a Greenfield resident, stole a vehicle then led police on a chase Monday morning that resulted in a state trooper firing his weapon at the suspect, state police said.
State police identified the suspect as Jeffrey A. Field, 33, of Round Top, Greene County.
Field wasn’t hit by the gunfire and resumed the chase before crashing into a tree and having to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center, state police said.
The incident began just after 6 a.m. as the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department responded to a burglary call on Allen Road in Greenfield, state police said.
The caller reported an unknown person had broken into his residence, assaulted him with a weapon and tried to steal his vehicle, state police said.
The suspect was unable to take that victim’s vehicle, but instead took one from a neighboring residence, troopers said.
Sheriff’s patrols soon spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver then sped off, state police said.
The suspect passed an uninvolved vehicle on Locust Grove Road and blocked its path. The suspect then stole that vehicle at knifepoint, troopers said.
A state trooper caught up with the suspect as he attempted to make a U-turn in a driveway off Locust Grove Road.
“The trooper exited their patrol car and issued commands to the driver, who did not comply. The driver then attempted to continue northbound on Locust Grove Road, driving at the trooper who then discharged their firearm.,” state police said in a release.
The suspect was not hit and continued north on Locust Grove Road and then crashed into a tree in the area of Greene Road, state police said. He had to be extricated and then was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.
The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident with the assistance of state troopers.