Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 19, 2013

Rice Police chase prompts school lockdown

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Rice ISD initiated a brief perimeter lockdown Thursday afternoon after Rice Police reported a suspect stopped on the Interstate fled on foot.

Lt. Terry Kuhn of the Rice Police said officers tried to pull over a car on Interstate 45 and the driver fled on foot. The passenger was cited for having an open container of alcohol, and police also found what they believe to be marijuana cigarettes in the car.

Rice ISD Superintendent Judith Pritchett said the perimeter lockdown was ordered at 12:18 p.m. and lifted at 12:55 p.m..

“Our perimeter doors are always locked,” Pritchett explained of the action. “When we go on ‘perimeter lockdown,’ that means that the students are pulled in from all outside activities.” Pritchett said the lockdown ended shortly before 1 p.m. when the district’s police officer, gave the go-ahead to end the lockdown.

“At no time during this incident were our students in danger,” Pritchett added. “The lockdown was instituted simply as a precaution to insure the safety of students and staff.”

Rice Police are continuing to search for the driver, according Kuhn.