A fire chief was cited with reckless driving for speeding to the scene of an accident. The events leading up to his citation were caught on multiple videos, embedded below.
Rincon, Georgia, Fire Chief Corey Rahn was in the nearby town of Pooler on April 10, when he received a call that a garbage truck had rear-ended a gas truck on railroad tracks, and a person was trapped inside one of the vehicles in critical condition. Rahn got in his personal red pickup and turned on his amber and white mini light bar, which gives off a horn sound, similar to a siren.
A Port Wentworth police officer heard the “wailing type of horn” coming from Rahn’s vehicle and pursued it because of the manner in which Rahn was allegedly driving — swerving in and out of traffic, reports Savannah Now.
The officer continued to follow Rahn as he failed to stop.
“The driver never heeded my verbal directions and continued northbound continually forcing vehicles out of his path of travel,” the officer reported.
Rahn claims he was going to stop but says the officer later turned off his blue lights, giving Rahn the impression that he had contacted dispatch, was aware of the situation and was headed to the accident site as well.
Without his blue lights on, the officer continued to follow Rahn until they arrived at the traffic accident.
The plan was to arrest Rahn.
In one of the videos, an officer can be heard yelling, “He’s going to jail.”
Rahn explained to the officers who he was and why he was at the accident scene.
He also told the pursuing officer he thought they were headed to the same crime scene and that he was not being pursued as a reckless driver.
“I thought you were a Rincon officer behind me and we were going to the same place until I got between McCall and Chimney Road,” Rahn says in the video.
Regardless, Rahn was still issued three citations by Port Wentworth police. He was cited with reckless driving, failure to exercise due care, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, reports The Free Thought Project.
An officer in the video can be heard saying Rahn will be issued a ticket, even if he is the fire chief. He even asks for his license and proof of insurance.
Rincon City Manager Wesley Corbitt released a statement calling Rahn’s presence at the scene of the accident vital.
“What we do know is that a major accident involving a tanker carrying approximately 9,000 gallons of gas was rear-ended by a trash truck at approximately 45 mph,” Corbitt said. “The trucks were fused together and an individual was trapped in the trash truck in critical condition. There was tremendous potential for escalation of damage to person and property. I have no doubt of the importance of his presence at the scene and that his leadership was vital to safely diffuse a potentially explosive and life threatening accident.”
Given the situation, Rahn told officers he did not understand why three citations were issued.
“I don’t understand the need for three citations when y’all understand the magnitude of the accident,” Rahn said to officers.
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