MT. JULIET – An Old Hickory man crashed his car into a creek Tuesday night, and then stole the car of the Good Samaritan who tried to help him.
Stephen Fields, 20, crashed and rolled his car into a creek in Mt. Juliet, according to police.
A 43-year-old Mt. Juliet resident heard the crash and drove to the scene to see if anyone needed help. According to police, Fields acted as if he were looking for a passenger, who was possibly ejected from the car. So the concerned citizen began looking around the crash scene for another injured person.
While the concerned citizen was away from his GMC SUV, Fields stole it and sped away, according to Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler.
Cpl. Michael Rountree was responding to the crash when he spotted Fields driving the stolen SUV pass him at an extremely high rate of speed. A pursuit began after Rountree turned around and attempted to stop Fields.
Due to Field’s extremely high speeds, officers lost sight of him temporarily. Sgt. Cory Cook then spotted the stolen SUV, and chased him until Fields bailed from the SUV and ran from officers on foot.
Another resident later spotted Fields running through his yard on Clearview Drive in Mt. Juliet. The resident held Fields with a rifle until officers arrived and took him into custody.
Fields was booked into Wilson County Jail and charged with theft of property, evading arrest and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage.
His bond was set at $15,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court May 28.