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Suspicious Vehicle Causes Lockdown at Los Encinos Elementary

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Los Encinos Elementary was placed on lockdown Wednesday after district police gave chase to a suspicious vehicle that, for some reason, drove onto the campus.

Kiii News Reporter Jessica James went Live from the school with the details.

The school's principal witnessed the whole thing, saying that a car went barreling down the road, through a field, and then drove off and came back, hitting a pole as it sped through school property.

The car drove right through the school's playground area. Thankfully, there were not any children outside at the time.

The school was placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes, and was lifted once the vehicle left the area.

Police were called in, and officers tracked the car down, finding it at the Christi Estates Apartment Complex. The driver and his passenger were both arrested.

In the end, students and staff at the school were all okay. Parents, of course, were a little frightened, but after it was all said and done, they are pleased that the school reacted so quickly and kept the kids safe while this was going on.

Police said the driver of the car, 41-year old Roberto Franco, was arrested for evading arrest and criminal mischief. His passenger, 28-year old George Padron, was booked for public intoxication.

Each student went home with a letter informing parents of what happened. The principal said students' safety and communication with parents are both very important.

Wednesday was the second day in a row that Los Encinos Elementary was placed on lockdown. On Tuesday, a called said a suspicious person was inside the cafeteria.

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