Details released in fatal Nashville chase

Tuesday morning, Tift County officers attempted to stop Israel Timothy Rutland, who was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck and refused to stop, and led to the pursuit.
/ Jessica Fairley

Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough has revealed more details about a chase that ended up in Nashville.

Matthew Horton and his sister, Kelly Prescott, passed away being hit by an F-150 pickup truck that was estimated to be going 80 miles per hour. The driver of the car with Horton and Prescott was Heidi Muncil. She suffered injuries and is now in stable condition at a Florida hospital.

Israel Rutland, the suspect, broke his back during the crash and was taken to a Macon hospital for treatment. Officials say he will likely face charges for manslaughter, aggravated assault on a peace officer and felony fleeing and attempting to elude.

The circumstances leading up to the Tuesday morning wreck started five days prior. Police believed Israel Rutland was involved in a hit and run on November 7th. Tifton police made contact with him on Monday and questioned him about the case.

When an officer tried to arrest Rutland, he jumped into a vehicle with the deputy trying to hold on to him. The suspect then drove away pulling the officer a short distance.

Tuesday morning another Tifton officer spotted Rutland again and that's when the chase began in Tifton. Israel Rutland drove through three different counties. He even hit an Enigma Police Department vehicle while running from the law.

Nashville police used stop sticks to stop his vehicle and that's when he ran a stop sign on Highway 125 and hit another car.

Matthew Horton, Kelly Prescott, and Heidi Muncil were all ejected from their vehicle.

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