Two suspects arrested following three-county police chase

Two suspects are in custody after a Friday night police chase that included gunfire and a chase through three counties.

 

According to a news release from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, county authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Dylan Seth Raborn, 23, as part of an investigation into an Aug. 4 death. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, deputies learned Raborn was at the Ashley Motel at 4874 Jefferson Davis Highway in Clearwater.

During an attempt to arrest Raborn, he and Kristopher Buckland, 30, fled in a silver Honda, authorities said. During the pursuit, the passenger, Raborn, leaned out and fired several shots at the deputies, police said.

The pursuit continued into Richmond County, where Richmond County deputies chased the vehicle along Gordon Highway, Peach Orchard and Deans Bridge roads before it turned onto Bobby Jones Expressway toward Columbia County.

Columbia County deputies took the lead in the pursuit in Martinez. One of the men jumped out of the vehicle and was apprehended near Hightower Drive, while the driver continued, returning to River Watch Parkway and back into Richmond County.

The Georgia State Patrol became involved, and the pursuit came to a close when the driver tried to head the wrong way onto Interstate 20 from Walton Way Extension before crashing and being taken into custody. A firearm was found in the vehicle, and both men will face charges in Georgia and South Carolina.

Police are searching for a weapon they believe was thrown from the vehicle near Burns United Methodist Church on Lumpkin Road.

Raborn is being held in Richmond County at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center, charged with three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

Buckland is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center until he can be transferred to another law enforcement agency. 

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