Students in the Granite Falls School District started the week with an impromptu lockdown on the morning of Monday, March 10 while the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office actively searched for a suspected car thief in the Granite Falls area.
“The incident began around 8:45 this morning when someone called 911 to report an erratic driver in the Snohomish area at 43rd St. NE and Newberg Rd,” Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shari Ireton said in a statement. “Deputies pursued the vehicle north until the driver abandoned the car on Hemming Way in Granite Falls near Mountain Way Elementary School.”
Police confirmed that the car, which had no license plates, had been stolen in King County.
“The Granite Falls School District confirmed that they locked down several other schools in the area due to their proximity to the search, ” Ireton reported.
The lockdown ended around 11 a.m. after police caught up to James Michael Johns, the 33-year-old male suspect.
Johns was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for attempting to elude a police vehicle and was still being held on $10,000 bail as of the Press’s print date.
He was also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.