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High-speed chase ends at Garvin County Courthouse

By: Alex Belser Email
By: Alex Belser Email

PAULS VALLEY, OK - Police say a 61-year-old man fled from an undercover meth buy and led them on a 30-mile chase before crashing at the Garvin County Sheriff's Office.

It started at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Sulhpur around 1 p.m. on Thursday, when deputies say they tried to arrest Raboski after completing an undercover drug buy for $250 worth of methamphetamine.

"He saw may badge and my other deputy jumped out and that's when he accelerated," Murray County Sheriff Darin Rogers said, adding that he narrowly avoided three police cars. "He started throwing what appeared to be baggies out the window, approximately a mile down the road."

Raboski headed north on Interstate 35, hitting spikes Garvin County deputies put out at Exit 70, before he got off at Exit 72 and went into Pauls Valley, authorities said. Rogers said police from six different agencies were on his tail.

"They were going like 60 miles an hour, 12 or 13 cops, ambulances," witness Lea Anderson said. "It was crazy. It was like 'Cops.'"

Eventually, he turned left in front of the Garvin County Courthouse, even though his car was now missing a tire.

"I think maybe the rims prevented him from making a right turn, and he turned left and he was right here," Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said, standing at the back door of the sheriff's office.

Troopers bumped the car and Rhodes said he helped pull Raboski out of his seat.

"He did not put up a fight, however he did not totally comply with our commands to exit the vehicle," Rhodes said.

Raboski was taken to the Murray County Jail. Last year, he served a few months in prison after he was convicted for possessing drugs while having three prior convictions.


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