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November 13, 2013

Police chase results in crash, deaths

NASHVILLE — A suspect is in custody after a high-speed chase that ended with three people injured and two dead.

Tim Rutland has been taken to an area hospital and is being treated for injuries following the accident in Nashville. Rutland was reportedly on the run from law enforcement when he crashed into a vehicle that contained three people, according to David Haire, Public Information officer with the Tift County Sheriff's Office.

Rutland was driving a pickup when he crashed into a black SUV. Haire said Rutland has been taken to an area hospital and is being treated, and one other person was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment with serious injuries. Two individuals were declared dead at the scene.

According to reports, Rutland was involved in a hit and run incident last week in Tift County, during which he fled the scene. Georgia State Patrol officers chased him, but the chase was terminated without an arrest. On Monday, he was spotted again, and Tift County officers pulled him over. During the attempted arrest, Rutland was able to escape, and attempted to hit a deputy in the process. The second chase also ended without apprehension. A warrant was issued for aggravated assault on a police officer.

Rutland was spotted near Nashville Tuesday by Tift County Sheriff's Office deputies, who pursued him to Nashville. Berrien County Sheriff’s officers joined the pursuit in Berrien County, until the crash occurred.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Nashville-Enigma Highway.

Haire said details on Rutland's injuries were not available Tuesday night, but details on the incident will be released today. No charges had been filed as of press time.

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