By Jeff Shultz
A Maysville man led area law enforcement officials on a high-speed pursuit Thursday afternoon, April 5, which began in Murray County and ended literally at the doorsteps of the Garvin County Jail.
According to Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes, 59-year old Frank Raboski of Maysville, was the subject of a narcotics investigation by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office.
Murray County Sheriff Darin Rogers said Raboski had been selling meth in the Sulphur area.
“He was well supplied,” Rogers said. “Every time our confidential informant (CI) wanted to buy some meth from him he was always stocked up – didn’t matter how much it was.”
Rogers added his department arranged for a “buy” from Raboski at the Sulphur Walmart parking lot last Thursday.
“Once the buy was made and the CI made the purchase we attempted to block him in the parking lot,” Rogers told the News Star.
However, once Raboski realized he was about to be arrested he managed to escape the parking lot and the chase began.
“He was driving at a high rate of speed down Highway 7, all the while he was throwing contraband out of his window,” Rogers said.
The high-speed chase took authorities down Highway 7 through Davis where Raboski then exited onto I-35 and headed north toward Pauls Valley.
The Garvin County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit at mile marker 70 on I-35 and deployed a stop stick, which blew out one of Raboski’s front tires.
Another stop stick was deployed at mile marker 71, causing further damage to Raboski’s tires, Rhodes added.
Raboski continued driving his car and exited off of Exit 72 and started heading into Pauls Valley.
“By the time he got off the highway he was basically driving on rims,” Rhodes added.
The pursuit then traveled into Pauls Valley and ended when Raboski crashed his car on the curb of the Garvin County Jail, behind the Garvin County Courthouse.
According to Rogers, the pursuit ended when an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper “tapped” Raboski’s car after he turned on Guy Street, just behind the Garvin County Courthouse.
“The Trooper ‘tapped’ his vehicle and he crashed right there at the jail,” Rogers said.
Rhodes, a Murray County deputy and another officer then took Raboski down on the street and arrested him.
Raboski’s rap sheet is a long one. According to court records he has been arrested numerous times on drug and firearms charges in Garvin County dating as far back as 2000.
The pursuit involved officers and deputies from the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office, the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Sulphur Police, Pauls Valley Police, Wynnewood Police, the Chickasaw Nation’s Lighthorse Police as well several OHP Troopers.