Accused car thief tells Springfield PD he’s Rick James

PD stopped the car after recognizing it had been listed as stolen

Scott Taylor - Photo courtesy The Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police stopped a driver in the area of Eastern Avenue just before 3:00am Wednesday, after they spotted a car that had just been posted on the stolen vehicle ‘hot sheet.’

The officers recognized the car, a blue Infinity, was one that was reported stolen on Chestnut Street just a few days earlier. The officers pulled over the driver and placed him under arrest.

Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that the driver, 30-year-old Scott Taylor of Springfield, repeatedly told the officers his name was “Rick James.” He said Taylor didn’t have a license on him, or any other ID proving that he was, in fact, the “super freak.”

Taylor is charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, driving with a revoked license and giving a false name. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Springfield, which, police say, is likely why he gave a fake name.

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