Vehicle chase ends at elementary school, lockdown issued

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach elementary school was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon when a vehicle chase ended up on school property.

Around 2:20 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a report about two vehicles driving across a field at Parkway Elementary School, which is in the 4100 block of O’Hare Drive, according to Tonya Borman with the VBPD. Officers responded to the area and located both vehicles.

Investigators learned that the occupants of the vehicles were the victim and suspect of a larceny that happened Friday. The two decided to meet at a business near the school to return the stolen property, but when they met, they got into an altercation. That led to a vehicle chase down O’Hara Drive and onto school property.

Kathleen O’Hara with Virginia Beach City Schools said Parkway Elementary was placed on lockdown from 2:22 p.m. until dismissal at 3:10 p.m. No one was harmed.

The elementary school principal sent the following phone message to parents:

Good evening, this is Mrs.  Diggs, principal of Parkway Elementary. I’m calling to let you about a police incident that made its way on to our school grounds today. Around 2:20 this afternoon, a car came speeding through our parking lot and onto the grassy field. Fortunately, none of the kindergarteners who were outside for PE at the time were injured, but they did witness the incident. Teachers immediately moved the children indoors; staff called 9-1-1; and police were on the scene in minutes. The school was placed on lockdown while police investigated the incident and detained the people involved. As a precaution, we dismissed buses one at time and checked the IDs of all adults picking up children. We are grateful to the Virginia Beach police for their quick response, to our staff for ensuring a calm atmosphere and to the students for their good behavior during this time. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me. As always thank you for your support.

Borman said the case is still being investigated. No further information has been released.

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