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Police Dispute Involves Wrecked Van

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A domestic dispute involving a van wreck on Flora Cemetery Road, near Viola on Aug. 1, sent two parties to the hospital: one in a drug induced stupor and one "badly beaten," said Walter Dillinger, Fulton County sheriff.

Fulton County Deputies, Boyd Daily and David Henry, were dispatched to MNK Ranch near Viola for a possible domestic dispute. The woman involved in the dispute had already left the ranch and was at a residence within the Viola city limits when the deputies arrived at 1:10 p.m., according to the police report of Fulton County Deputy David Henry.

The deputies observed a man unconscious on the porch of the ranch house. Daily identified the man as James Hurtt, who lived at the ranch. Daily performed a sternum rub, pressing on the sternum of the chest to revive Hurtt, Henry said.

Hurtt was "completely unresponsive," he said. Deputies requested an ambulance to take Hurtt to the hospital, the report said.

A domestic disturbance call was placed at about 1 p.m. from the Viola residence, Henry said. The caller requested an ambulance for Debra Lee of Viola, who had been at the ranch previously. First responders and an ambulance were sent to the Viola residence. Fulton County Ambulance Service took Lee to the Fulton County Hospital.

At MNK Ranch, Mathew Guyer told police he had witnessed the start of the domestic violence. Guyer told Henry that he was at the ranch waiting on a ride to Viola, the report said.

After a series of questions, Henry learned that Lee had told Guyer that Hurtt had assaulted her. Guyer instructed Lee to leave the ranch, the report said.

"Guyer told me Deborah had come back to the [ranch] and was loading her things, when James came out on the porch. Meanwhile, Guyer said Lee got in the van along with Guyer's dogs and started the van. Hurtt came off the porch and jumped into the passenger seat and locked the door and started beating Lee, then knocked her out of the van," the report said. "Hurtt got in the driver's seat, whipped it around in the yard, then hit a tree trying to leave."

The van was totaled with the front and driver's side smashed completely, Henry said.

Guyer said he got his dogs out of the van, but then Hurtt jumped out of the van's side door and hit him in the back of the head, according to the report.

"So, he put him on the ground disabling Mr. Hurtt so he would not hit him any more. Guyer said he then called the police and went to find his dogs," the report said.

At 1:30 p.m., Fulton County Ambulance arrived and transported Hurtt to Fulton County Hospital. Hurtt was later transported to Fulton County Jail and charged with 3rd degree battery. Hurtt was being held at Fulton County jail as of 8:15 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Before charging Hurtt further, police await the results of lab tests taken at Fulton County Hospital after the altercation.