New York man accused of hitting ex-girlfriend before leading police on high-speed pursuit

MANSFIELD – A man is accused of slapping his ex-girlfriend while their 7-month-old son was in her arms and then fleeing from police in a vehicle sometime after the incident, according to court documents.

Police say Aaron R. Shepherd, 31, of Dundee, New York, allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s residence in Blossburg and got into an argument with her about child custody on June 3. During the argument, Shepherd became angry and then threw the child into his ex-girlfriend’s arms and slapped her, police say the victim told them. The child was uninjured, according to an affidavit.

Shepherd then left the home and returned later to say goodbye to his son, but not before allegedly kicking and breaking the glass on a door to gain entry to the home, an affidavit said.

As Blossburg police interviewed the victim, they got word from Mansfield police that they were engaged in a high-speed vehicle pursuit with Shepherd on Route 15. Police said Shepherd traveled at speeds exceeding 130 mph, so fast that the chase led into New York and officers there had to continue the pursuit, according to the affidavit.

Following his arraignment before District Judge James E. Carlson on charges related to harassment, disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of children, criminal mischief, property damage, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, careless driving, and other traffic offenses, Shepherd was committed to Tioga County Prison in lieu of $7,500 bail.