UPDATE: Wayne schools were locked down briefly Wednesday as a precautionary measure.
The Wayne Police Department said they received a report of a reckless driver Wednesday around 3:10 p.m. The vehicle was reportedly speeding and forced vehicles off Highway 35 between Wayne and Wakefield.
An officer found a white SUV going west on the highway in the city going fast and a pursuit ensued. After going through a residential area, the driver stopped and fled on foot.
Due to the schools being nearby and being around their dismissal, the police department notified the schools and requested a lockout so as to not release students.
Officers later found the suspect near the 400 block of West 10th Street and took him into custody.
The lockout was then lifted around 3:30 p.m.
Wayne Superintendent Mark Lenihan said he got a call from authorities just before students at the elementary school were to be released for the day. The dismissal was delayed only about 10 minutes.
The suspect, Juan Pena Tamayo, 26, of Wakefield, was charged with driving under the influence, willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, driving during suspension, and other traffic infractions.
PREVIOUS: The Wayne School District went on a brief precautionary lockdown Wednesday as police searched for a suspect in the area.
Superintendent Mark Lenihan said the school got a call from the police department right at 3:20, just before students at the elementary school were released for the day.
Lenihan said the police were searching for a suspect in town and were concerned about dismissing students before he was apprehended.
The Wayne Police Department’s Facebook page says the lockdown was lifted right at 3:29pm when the suspect was taken into custody. They have not released any details about that suspect or any possible charges he might be facing.
Superintendent Lenihan said elementary students were only delayed about 10 minutes. The High School was let out on time at 3:35.