An innocent driver died Monday afternoon after being hit by the driver of a pickup eluding police.
Here are five things to know about the incident:
1. Allegedly took pickup: Authorities believe Jordan Anthony Harville of Clayton stole a Ford F-250 pickup truck from an auto repair business in Fletcher along U.S. Route 36 in Miami County.
2. High-speed pursuit: Troy police initiated pursuit just after 4 p.m. Monday 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 when the chase reached Montgomery County.
3. Fatal crash: When the chase southbound on North Dixie Drive reached the area just south of Stop Eight Road, 28-year-old Anthony Hufford, who was in a Honda Accord, pulled out from a private driveway near Arthur Avenue and was struck by the pickup truck driven by Harville. Hufford was pronounced dead at the scene.
4. About the suspect Jordan Anthony Harville: State police reported Harville showed signs of drug impairment, which led law enforcement officers to use Narcan on him at the scene. Officers do not know whether the man was overdosing at the time.
An arrest warrant was issued for Harville after he failed to attend court-ordered 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 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.
5. The Miami Valley has impacted state police pursuits before: Last March, a Xenia man died after a high-speed police pursuit in which he had no part. That sparked Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to form a group to study such policies and suggest a statewide standard.
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