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Tift Countians raise concerns after high speed chase


Some people in a Tift County neighborhood say they were worried for their safety during a high speed chase Tuesday.     

Deputies were trying to catch Tim Rutland, who was wanted for trying to run down a deputy the day before.      

The chase that started in Tift County ended with a deadly crash in Nashville.     

People we talked to today say the chase should not have happened through their neighborhood. Residents on Doc Melton Drive say they heard and saw the chase between Tift Co Deputies and Tim Rutland. They all agree Deputies should have just let Tim Rutland go.  

"Eventually they would have caught him and it would have saved these lives, and our hearts go out to the family that lost their peoples," said one resident.

They say something should be done to prevent this in the future. "Some kind of law or something should be made where deputies can go to a certain place and chase people."  

Patricia Melton doesn't want this to happen again. "Other innocent people could have got killed because of nonsense, I mean that man ain't did such a serious crime that it took all that,"   she said.

People who on this street say they were in a harm's way. "It could have killed my child or anybody child like the two that did get killed."  

Several times, Tim Rutland got away from sheriff deputies. Witnesses say they saw the cars flying by at a high speed.  The residents say the chase started in their neighborhood.      

We asked the Tift County Sheriff's Office about their chase policy today. They told us they do have a written policy, but they did not give us details.

Funeral services will be held Sunday for the Atkinson County brother and sister killed Tuesday in that chase.

The joint service for Matt Horton and Kelly Prescott will be held at two o'clock Sunday at Abundant Life Church in Nashville. Visitation will take place Friday and Saturday night from at Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson.

Their sister, Heidi Mancil, was seriously injured in the crash and is still in a hospital in Tallahassee, where no information on her condition is being released.

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