On November 12, 2017, New Port Richey, Florida police began investigating the suspicious death of 23-year-old Gregory Howe. Howe, who was originally from Massachusettes, had been living in a homeless camp located in a wooded area near Marion Drive and Troublecreek Drive. The man’s exact cause of death is yet to be determined, according to Fox 13.
Police returned to the scene Howe’s body had been found to continue the investigation. Blocking off the area with crime scene tape, officers were in the process of scouring the roadway for potential evidence. That’s when police say that 43-year-old Jason Alford drove his Nissan Xterra directly through the closed off area, forcing officers to dive out of his vehicle’s pathway.
Investigators pursued Alford, repeatedly asking him to stop his vehicle. Alford instead ignored officers and continued towards his home located on Queen Palm Drive. When Alford stopped in his driveway, officers asked Alford to get on the ground, but again the officers were ignored as he made his way to his house.
The New Port Richey Patch reports that police had to employ the use of a stun gun in order to subdue Alford. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, resisting without violence, and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
At this time officials do not consider Alford a suspect in the death investigation. According to arrest records cited by Fox 13, Alford has a history of driving without a license.