Corey Rahn, Rincon Fire Chief, was found not guilty on all charges Thursday by a jury of his peers stemming from an incident back in April involving his failure to stop during a drive to an accident in Effingham County.
Rahn was facing charges of reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police and failure to exercise due care after he failed to pull his vehicle over as a Port Wentworth Police officer attempted a traffic stop.
Rahn denied ignoring the officer’s attempt to pull him over when he took the witness stand Wednesday and also denied seeing the officer’s blue lights flashing.
“I had no idea they were behind me trying to stop me,” Rahn testified. “I did not feel like I was doing anything wrong.”
Rahn went on to say that he would have stopped his vehicle had he known it was the Port Wentworth police.
Prosecutors in the case argued that because Rahn was using his private vehicle (a tow-truck for his heavy towing business), it did not qualify as an emergency vehicle and lacked the siren and blue lights needed.
Rincon town attorney, Raymond Dickey, represented Rahn in the four-day trial and was representing him at the city of Rincon’s expense.
It took just 30 minutes for the jury to return with the verdict.
Rahn has been a firefighter for 30 years and has served his position of Rincon Fire Chief for 20 years.