Piqua man charged with fleeing and eluding

By Melody Vallieu

February 4, 2014

Melanie Yingst


MIAMI COUNTY — Aaron Stafford has a list a mile long of criminal charges after fleeing law enforcement Monday afternoon.

Stafford, 35, of Piqua, led officials on a 15 minute pursuit from Tipp City through the city of Troy. The pursuit began around 5:30 p.m. Monday and registered speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour.

Stafford led officials through high traffic areas of Troy, driving through stop signs and intersections. The pursuit ended on State Route 718 outside the city of Troy when Stafford’s Cadillac finally broke down.

Stafford dodged stop spikes and nearly crashed on Drury Lane in Troy, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s report. The deputy noted Stafford ran a stop sign went he turned westbound on McKaig. Stafford also ran the stop light at Dorset and McKaig driving through traffic with no regard to traffic at the intersection.

The Miami County Sheriff’s deputy removed Stafford from the car with his weapon drawn. Stafford was taken to the ground by Tipp City and Ohio State Patrol officers and place under arrest.

Ohio State Highway Patrol has charged Stafford with a third degree felony of failure to comply, fleeing and eluding. Stafford was also charged with misdemeanor charges of a seat belt violation, two counts of excessive speed, reckless operation in a public roadway. Stafford also was charged with first degree misdemeanors of failure to reinstate license, driving under suspension points, failure to comply, fleeing and eluding and driving under suspension. He was also charged with a second degree misdemeanor of obstruction official business.

According to public records, Stafford had an active warrant for his arrest from a Sept. 27, 2013 incident with Piqua Police for speeding, driving under a 12-point suspension, failure to reinstate license and violating the right of way and stop sign violations.

Stafford is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail with a $75,000 cash bond.