Wayne schools go under brief lockout due to police pursuit

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WAYNE, Nebraska (KTIV) – Schools in Wayne were under a brief lockout Wednesday, as police were attempting to arrest a reckless driver.

Twenty-six-year-old Juan Pena Tomayo, of Wakefield, was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence, Willful Reckless Driving, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Driving During Suspension/Revocation, and other traffic infractions.

At 3:10 p.m. Wednesday Wayne Police received a report of a reckless driver in a white SUV traveling at a high rate of speed between Wakefield and Wayne on Highway 35, forcing several vehicles off the highway.

A Wayne Police officer found the vehicle in Wayne westbound on Highway 35.

After a short pursuit through a residential area, the driver stopped and ran from the vehicle.

Because of how close the incident was to the schools and with schools about to be dismissed, the Wayne Police Department requested school officials to go under a lockout and not release students from the buildings.

A few minutes later, police found Tamayo near the 400 block of West 10th Street where he was taken into custody.

The lockout was lifted at 3:30 p.m.

Blake Branch

Blake Branch

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