Greenfield PD: Man led officers on pursuit with child in truck

James Gaffey facing variety of charges

James Gaffey. Image Courtesy: Greenfield Police Department

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield police say that a man with a suspended license drove recklessly with a child in the vehicle, while trying to evade officers.

According to a posting on the Greenfield Police Department’s official Facebook page, James Gaffey, 39, of Greenfield is now facing numerous charges following his arrest Wednesday night.

According to the department, a police officer first tried to pull Gaffey over at around 8:00 P.M. for a license plate violation (he was driving a pickup truck and the plate attached to the vehicle was registered to a Buick sedan) and an illegal turn. The driver would not stop, however, and kept going down multiple streets before the patrolling officer lost sight of him.

That officer later found the truck in the parking lot of a medical building at 48 Sanderson Street. The suspect, however, was not there, though there was still heat coming from the vehicle and fluids leaking from it. A police dog was called in to help search for the driver.

Police ran the truck’s VIN number, and discovered that the vehicle was last registered to a Greenfield resident. The former owner told police that the truck had been sold to Gaffey, whose name appeared on a piece of mail inside the cab of the truck.

Officers later found Gaffey and placed him under arrest. According to Greenfield police, they determined that he had a child in the car at the time he was trying to evade police.

He is now facing the following charges:

  • Operating to endanger
  • Wanton/reckless behavior creating risk of serious bodily injury to a child
  • Intimidation of a witness
  • Illegally attaching plates to a motor vehicle
  • Operating with a revoked license for OUI
  • Failure to stop for police
  • Failure to stop at a red light
  • Having an unregistered motor vehicle
  • Having an uninsured motor vehicle
  • Marked lanes violation
  • Speeding
  • Number plate violation

Gaffey will be arraigned in Greenfield District Court on Thursday.