A 25-year-old Clayton man pleaded guilty Thursday to three felony charges including aggravated vehicular homicide in a March pursuit that started in Miami County and ended in Montgomery County’s Harrison Twp. with the death of a 28-year-old Englewood driver.
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Jordan Harville pleaded to one count each of aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and grand theft of a motor vehicle in county Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Police said Harville stole a truck near Fletcher and led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase that went more than 25 miles and ended when the pickup hit a car driven by Anthony Hufford, 28, on North Dixie Drive. He died at the scene.
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As part of a plea deal, a second aggravated vehicular homicide indictment was dismissed, Harville agreed to drop a request to suppress evidence against him and prosecutors agreed to recommended a 10-year prison term.
Harville answered questions by Judge Christopher Gee but made no further comments.
Gee last Friday heard testimony in a motion to suppress filed by Harville’s lawyer, Rob Long of Troy. The motion sought to throw out from evidence statements Harville made to police following the pursuit and crash and challenged the use of blood tests collected from Harville at the hospital.
A cruiser camera recording of showing Harville after he was apprehended in Harrison Twp. was shown during the suppression hearing.
A Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy testified Harville said he was drunk and had used heroin during the pursuit.
Harville could be heard on the recording asking if someone had been hurt in the crash, and yelling at one point, “Please don’t let somebody be dead because of me.”
Gee told Harville on Thursday that although a 10-year sentence was being recommended, he did not have to follow the recommendation. He could receive up to 15½ years in prison if maximum sentences were ordered to be served consecutively.
Harville also faces fines totaling $35,000 and a lifetime driver’s license suspension, with no privileges allowed for at least 15 years. “You may never get any privileges,” Gee said.
A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing for Harville, who remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail, was scheduled for Sept. 18.
Harville was scheduled for arraignment Friday morning in Miami County Municipal Court on a misdemeanor assault charge filed following an incident late Wednesday afternoon in the county jail.
The sheriff’s office reported Troy police were called to help deputies and correction officers after a fight broke out around 5:30 p.m. Harville and another inmate were charged, according to the sheriff’s office report.