A fire chief who thought he and the police officer in the car behind him were responding to the same incident later discovered that was far from true.
Rincon, Georgia, fire chief Corey Rahn was out running errands in his personal vehicle when he got word that someone was trapped after an accident involving a garbage truck and another truck carrying 9,000 gallons of gas. So Rahn put a row of red emergency lights on the car and was off to help with the rescue, the Savannah Morning News reported.
A police officer from the nearby town of Port Wentworth had his own lights flashing – but not for the same reason. It turns out the officer behind was actually pursuing Rahn even as he was trying to do his job.
Rahn was determined to get to the accident and ignored the officer's persistent attempt to pull him over. When Rahn didn't stop, though, the Port Wentworth officer used his patrol car's PA system to tell him to pull over. Even then, Rahn kept going.
See dashcam footage of the chase:
More footage shows the testy exchange that occurred between the officer who chased Rahn and other officers responding to the accident once the chase ended.
"You should have seen the way he was driving," the officer said to another cop.
That's when cops who were monitoring the area near around the crash told the officer that Rahn was the fire chief but the officer responded, "I don't care what he does."
"He's getting a citation. He's gonna get it," the officer can be heard saying in the video.
The footage also shows the officer confronting the fire chief and asking for his license and proof of insurance to which Rahn replies, "Yes, sir" and appears to show him the documents.
The Savannah Morning News reported that Rahn later told the officer he thought they were both responding to the same incident.
“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 said.
Listen to their exchanges:
Despite all that the officer later found out, he issued Rahn three citations. The violations included reckless driving, failure to exercise due care and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
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