Wild week on local roads as police chase second, third cars

Police chased two more drivers Tuesday, the second and third such pursuits in two days.

The pursuit of a 21-year-old Dayton man took Ohio Highway Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase on U.S. 35 Tuesday morning. Then, just after noon, Dayton police tracked a driver across the city in a search that began on the west side but finished on the east.

The pursuits come following a chase Monday that resulted in the death of an innocent bystander, authorities said.

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Troopers report Roderick Boyd won’t say why he fled them down U.S. 35 east, though they said he lost control of his car when it hit wet pavement accessing an off ramp at Smithville Road. Boyd then pulled a U-turn, drove in the wrong direction up the off ramp, crossed the highway and crashed through the median, police said.

Boyd’s car struck another motorist’s car, causing no injuries but damaging the man’s prized red Chevrolet Camaro, which was towed.

“He’s driving 50 I’m driving 60, he bounced off the guard rail right into me and it’s just a fun day,” the victim, a student, said on scene. “When you put a whole lot of work into a car in the course of a week and then this happens two days after you finish it, it kind of sucks.”

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Among other traffic offenses, Boyd is charged with felony fleeing and eluding and possession of drugs.

“We were trying to stop him for a minor traffic violation, and obviously it isn’t worth the danger that he put everybody in to get away from a ticket or whatever,” said OSP Sgt. Chris Colbert.

At least one person was taken into custody following the day’s second pursuit, though the individual’s identity wasn’t immediately available.

Dayton police began a pursuit on the city’s west side through the areas of Euclid Avenue and James H. McGee Boulevard around 12:20 p.m. Police lost the vehicle, but spotted it again on the east side of the city.

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The vehicle was located, abandoned, behind an address on East Maple Avenue, before entering another vehicle, which police stopped on Willowwood Drive.

On Monday, at least three law enforcement agencies actively took part in the pursuit through Miami and Montgomery counties.

Jordan Harville, 24, of Clayton called himself a “dope fiend” after police say he drove the stolen Ford F-250 into a Honda Accord driven by Anthony Hufford on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Hufford, 28, of Englewood, died of blunt force injuries and the manner of death was an accident.

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