MIAMI COUNTY — The man who killed an innocent bystander during a pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies on North Dixie Highway last Monday was granted drug treatment in-lieu-of-conviction motion in January — and had absconded from his conditions 13 days later.
According to court records, Jordan Harville, 24, of Dayton, was granted a motion for intervention in lieu of conviction in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on Jan. 13. A community control officer issued a statement to the court Harville’s whereabouts were unknown as of Jan. 26 and found that he had absconded conditions of his in lieu of conviction period. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Feb. 27. In 2016, Harville was indicted by a grand jury for breaking and entering a barn in New Lebanon. The breaking and entering charge was filed in 2014.
On March 27, Harville fled police in a stolen truck, killing Anthony Hufford, 28, of Englewood, during the pursuit.
Harville is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail on the warrant from Montgomery County as well as the fourth degree felony theft charge relating to the truck he stole from a machine shop outside of Fletcher. No further charges related to the death of Hufford have been filed to date. Harville was arraigned on the charges last week and bond was set at $75,000.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office cruiser cam recorded Harville pleading with officers to get him help. He asked several times if the victim in the other car was OK. Hufford was pronounced dead at the scene.
Harville, in and out of an apparent heroin overdose, asked officers to “kill” him, cursed multiple times and even sang a few bars of a country song in the back of deputy’s cruiser as officials discussed the incident at the accident scene. He was transported to a local hospital before he was incarcerated.
Harville was administered Narcan several times at the scene after admitting he injected heroin during the pursuit. Harville even told officials to look at his track marks all over his arms and hands.
Harville told a medic he also drank alcohol and abused cocaine at a home near Fletcher prior to stealing the truck from a machine shop on State Route 36 outside of the village.
Troy Police officers pursued Harville at speeds up to 100 miles per hour as Harville led officers off the interstate on Northwoods Boulevard to North Dixie Highway. Harville can be seen weaving in and out of traffic into oncoming vehicles on North Dixie Drive.
Harville led police on the chase through 7000 block of North Dixie Drive in Harrison Township when the stolen truck struck Hufford’s car as it pulled out of a driveway, killing him.
On Friday, Capt. Joe Long said the department is still working with other responding agencies such as the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post, Vandalia Police Department and the prosecutor’s office to file additional charges.
A preliminary hearing for Harville is set for April 4 with Judge Gary Nasal.
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