Driver has been identified in crash that killed a Sheriff's Deputy

Marcus Anthony Isreal (Source: Warren County Sheriff's Office)
Marcus Anthony Isreal (Source: Warren County Sheriff's Office)
Sgt. Brian Dulle
Sgt. Brian Dulle

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The Warren County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the driver that was involved in the deadly chase that killed a Sheriff's Deputy.

Marcus Anthony Isreal, 22, of Middletown has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, which is a 1st degree felony, and failure to comply, which is a third degree felony. Isreal is considered the only suspect at this time.

Sheriff Larry Sims says Sgt. Brian Dulle, 36, was laying stop sticks near the intersection of Utica Road and U.S. 42 when he was struck and killed instantly.

Sims says the high-speed chase began around 1:50 a.m. on eastbound SR 73 in Franklin. The suspect turned onto U.S. 42, where he traveled southbound in the northbound lanes and ran a deputy's cruiser off the road. He almost hit another cruiser before striking Dulle.

Isreal was caught around 6:15 a.m. at the corner of Drake and SR 122, about a mile and a half away from where the crash occurred. There is no word on why Israel was running from the cops in the first place.

Sims says this is the first time ever a Warren County Sheriff's Deputy has died in the line of duty.

Dulle has been an officer with the Warren County Sheriff's Office since January of 1999. He was promoted to sergeant in November of 2005.

The investigation of the accident remains active. In the news conference Tuesday afternoon, officials stated that why the chase started will not be released at this time.

There is no word on if alcohol was involved. Also, officials have not said whether or not the car was stolen or on loan. What is known is that the car, a 2001 Cadillac, did not belong to Isreal.

According to Sims, Sgt. Dulle was following procedure. He was off the roadway, he was properly placing the stop sticks, his car was visible and his lights were flashing. According to the Sheriff, there is no way that he would confuse his vehicle for anything other than the emergency vehicle.

Officials in both Warren and Butler Counties are speaking out about their use of stop sticks.

Warren County officials say they're going to review all of their policies and procedures dealing with their use. They believe that everything in the accident was done according to plan.

Officials in Butler County say they have now suspended the use of stop sticks until they review their policies and procedures of the devices being deployed. They say this is a temporary suspension.

Police say Isreal was going beyond the speed limit. Dispatch records say that speeds of 120 miles per hour were reached, but it is not known if that is the speed he was going when he hit Dulle.

Isreal has a criminal history; involving an aggravated robbery charge in 2008, possession of drugs in 2006 and trafficking cocaine in 2005.

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