Russellville High School was put on lockdown Friday afternoon after a traffic stop near the school led to a pursuit of two suspects.
On Friday, Jan. 29, at approximately 3:40 p.m., deputy Kyler Harvey of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department attempted to stop a silver 1999 Chevrolet Malibu that was travelling north on Clarksville Road. According to a police report, the driver was driving recklessly and speeding eight miles per hour over the limit.
After Harvey turned on his car’s emergency lights, the Malibu continued on before turning into the parking lot at Russellville High School.
When the car came to a stop at the entrance of the parking lot, both the driver and the passenger got out and fled on foot.
According to RHS principal Kim McDaniel, one individual exited the car and ran across 9th Street to the shopping center parking lot. The other individual exited the vehicle and ran through the back school parking lot. At this point, the officers began a foot chase and caught the individual near Herndon Road.
“One of our assistant principals witnessed this event and initiated school lock down procedures to ensure the all of the remaining students and staff members on campus were safely within the building,” McDaniel said. “The building was locked as it always is at all times, our students and staff members were in secured areas and the individual never gained entrance to any of our buildings and never had access to our students. After the police department verified that both individuals were in custody, we resumed normal activity.”
Both men were arrested after a short pursuit.
The driver, 33-year-old Marco D. Mimms of Guthrie, was charged with speeding, careless driving, second degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, second degree fleeing from police on foot, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, no operator’s license, possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), prescription drug not in original container and failure to produce an insurance card.
The passenger, 36-year-old Adrian E. Killebrew of Clarksville, Tenn., was arrested and charged with fleeing or evading police on foot, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.
Deputy Kyler Harvey was assisted on the scene by Sgt. Clint Wright of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and officer Jeff Sanford, officer Casey Steenbergen and detective Tim Burnett of the Russellville Police Department.
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