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High school put on short lockdown

Precautionary measure lasts only 10 minutes Monday morning

Staff report

— Steamboat Springs High School was locked down for about 10 minutes Monday morning as a precautionary measure while police officers searched for a student who acted suspiciously and then fled the area.

Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said the lockdown was initiated after an officer approached a high school student whose parked vehicle was blocking the southbound lane of Maple Street near the school. The unidentified male student was fumbling with his backpack and told the officer he had to get to class, Rae said.

When a second officer arrived on scene, the student fled down a side street, through a backyard and back across Maple Street. Rae said officers saw the student reach his hand into the waistband of his pants. That action prompted the precautionary lockdown, during which no one was allowed to enter or exit the high school.

Rae said a long foot pursuit ended when the student was apprehended while coming out of the Spring Creek area and onto Amethyst Drive. Rae also said police recovered less than 1 ounce of marijuana that they suspect the student discarded during the chase.

The 18-year-old was not arrested, and Rae declined to identify him. Rae said the police department and school officials are working with the suspect and his parents to “determine the best course of action.”