NEW RICHLAND, Minn. (KTTC) -- New Richland police are asking for your help finding a person that forced a precautionary school lockdown on Tuesday.
Officers stopped a vehicle about a half mile south of New Richland on Highway 13 at about 1:30 p.m.
After the stop the driver fled on foot into a cornfield near the high school in New Richland. Police later learned the driver had a felony warrant for failure to appear for sentencing for possession of burglary tools. New Richland police, along with the Waseca County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol, setup a perimeter. A state patrol helicopter also assisted in the search.
The New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva high school administration put the high school building on a hard lockdown and the elementary school in Ellendale on a soft lockdown. Outside doors were locked for both lockdowns. Under the hard lockdown, students were confined to their classrooms.
New Richland police say the school buildings were never threatened and the lockdown was precautionary. Students were allowed to leave school for the day at the normal time.
Authorities didn't locate the driver and can't find the vehicle he was driving. New Richland police are asking for help locating a black 2004 Honda Pilot with Minnesota license plate #131-GCH.
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