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Suspect in fatal Miami Co. police chase said he used drugs during pursuit

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 4:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

Troy PD cruiser cam of pursuit

HARRISON TWP. — The suspect in a pursuit that ended with a crash that killed an Englewood man appeared in court for his arraignment in Miami County Municipal Court on Tuesday.

CRUISER CAM VIDEO: Pursuit captured on camera

Jordan Harville, a 24-year-old Clayton resident, was arraigned on charges stemming from the theft of the Ford F 250 pickup allegedly stolen from an auto repair shop on U.S. 36 in Fletcher.

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The court set his bond at $75,000 and additional charges are still possible from the pursuit and fatal crash.

  • A 28-year-old Anthony Hufford was killed in a crash that ended the police pursuit 
  • Hufford, who was in a Honda Accord, pulled out from a private driveway in the Arthur Avenue and North Dixie Drive area, and was struck by the pickup truck driven by Harville
  • An autopsy will be performed on Hufford on Tuesday at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

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The pursuit

The pursuit was dispatched just after 4 p.m. on Monday. Authorities believe Harville stole a pickup truck from a residence on U.S. Route 36 in Fletcher. 

Nathan Wagoner said the truck, believed to be a Ford F 250 pickup, was stolen from his father’s auto repair shop in the 3200 block of U.S. Route 36. 

Troy police initiated a pursuit after the pickup truck was seen heading south on Interstate 75 at high speed. Tipp City police and sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit in the area of state Route 571, according to the sheriff's office. 
Troopers with the state patrol post in Dayton joined the pursuit once the chase reached Montgomery County. 

Law enforcement officers wrestle with a man on the ground following a police pursuit Monday afternoon, March 27, 2017, that is believed to have begun in Miami County (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Drugged while driving

State police reported the pickup truck driver showed signs of drug impairment, which led law enforcement officers to use Narcan. 

“Harville was acting like he was having trouble breathing,” wrote Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Godsey in an incident report. “His eyes kept rolling into the back of his head.”

Emergency personnel asked Harville what he had taken. Harville told the medic he was drunk, according to the incident report. 

“Harville continued to act like he was going in and out of consciousness,” Godsey wrote. “He would slide completely off the seat and be unresponsive, and then wake up. He then stated he used heroin.” 

Harville told the sheriff’s deputy he used heroin during the police pursuit.

Harville suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer said. 

An arrest warrant was issued for Harville after he failed to attend court-ordered treatment. He failed to attend treatment in lieu of conviction stemming from an incident involving a breaking and entering of an unoccupied structure, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas records.

On Feb. 27, a county community control officer reported to the court Harville’s whereabouts had been unknown since for a month. The court listed Harville as an absconder and issued the arrest warrant.

Harville is now being detained in the Miami County Jail on felony charges of warrant service and theft on Monday. He is waiting for an arraignment hearing, according to online jail records.

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Resident reactions

Residents in the neighborhood where the crash occurred are upset about the incident that resulted in the death of an innocent man.

One residents, Jeremy Brewer, said, "I see an innocent guy who got hurt for no reason because someone else was not caring about others...just being completely reckless and stupid." 

Brewer said he understands why police engage in pursuits to keep people safe, but it is unfortunate people get hurt. 

"I see a guy that could have been going home to his wife and kids and he ain't going to be able to do that today.... it's a scary feeling," he said.  

Brendan O'Brien, who lives near the accident scene, said he was sitting on his front porch when he heard sirens,  and then what he characterized as an explosion. 

"It just shows what happens. They killed an innocent man today because he wanted to be a criminal and run from the cops. It makes no sense."

North Dixie Drive in the area of the accident will remain closed at least another hour for the accident investigation.

RELATED: Troopers not involved in deadly pursuit that killed bystander

Jordan A. Harville

Law enforcement officers wrestle with a man on the ground following a police pursuit Monday afternoon, March 27, 2017, that is believed to have begun in Miami County (Jim Noelker/Staff)

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