SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police say a man wanted on a warrant stole a car that was idling outside a gas station, but he didn’t get too far.
According to Sgt. John Delaney, 26 year-old Jefferson Dyett is facing several charges, including auto theft, assault and battery on a police officer, and threat to murder, following his arrest early Saturday morning.
Delaney says that shortly before 3 a.m., two officers were keeping an eye on a Citgo station at 61 Locust Street (where several disturbances have recently been reported.) Officers saw a man run through the parking lot, and into a white Nissan Altima that was idling next to a gas pump. The man began to drive away, but the officers followed him, and pulled him over about two blocks away.
That is when Delaney says the suspect got out of the car, lied chest-down on the ground – and yelled: “I’m drunk and I don’t know whose car this is!” Police put him in handcuffs, and more officers went to the Citgo station to find the car’s owner. The owner explained that he had left the car running as he went into the store to pay for gas.
Delaney says once Dyett was taken to the police station, he kicked one of the arresting officers in the leg, and said that he would shoot him once he was free. Delaney said that as police investigated Dyett’s background, they found out that he was wanted on a warrant, and that he wasn’t licensed to drive.