Phil Kestin, an Aiken Department of
Public Safety captain, says an intense police chase began when a detective saw
a man in fire a gun into a house on Pinecrest Avenue.
He says the chase after three armed
men in a white vehicle lasted 20 minutes and reached speeds of nearly 100 miles
The three men in the car being pursued
by officers were Kintrell Brown, the driver, Rodriguez Jackson and Rashawn
Kestin recalls trying to stop the
vehicle, "My first instinct was to try to get set up in a location where we
could deploy the spike strips. I actually deployed tire deflation devices
twice, the suspect turned off before arriving at my location."
The police chase happened on April 29.
Dash cam video obtained by Fox54 shows
public safety officers following Brown as he weaved his way through downtown
traffic. When Brown reached the bypass the speed of the chase accelerated to nearly
100 miles per hour as he drove into the wrong lane, forcing drivers off the
Several minutes later, Brown sped past
shoppers in a store's parking lot.
Kestin says there were several tense
moments as they tried to stop the armed men.
"There were several times where
he's slowing down simply because he's turning around and he could be slowing
down to take a few shots at an officer; that was our primary concern,"
He says the 6 officers tailing the
suspect were joined by 11 more when the vehicle Brown was driving ran out of
At that point, public safety officers
drew their weapons, unsure if the suspects would run on foot or start shooting
"Passenger door opened and
immediately closed, they were considering running or engaging us," said
Instead, the three men in the car allowed
themselves to be arrested.
They've been charged with unlawful
possession of weapons and trafficking crack cocaine.
Kestin says during the chase there 35 to 50 traffic
violations, such as running red lights and speeding.
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