Raleigh elementary school put on lockdown during search for chase suspect

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh elementary school that was holding a large event early Friday evening was on lockdown for more than an hour, officials said.

The incident started when a Wake County Sheriff’s deputy tried to perform a traffic stop and the suspects took off in an SUV, leading law enforcement on a chase to an area near Six Forks and Wake Forest roads, officials said.

Joyner Elementary School, which is less than a mile away, was on lockdown from shortly before 6 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m.

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The incident first started around 5:30 p.m. when a deputy tried to stop a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe near US 70 and Glenwood Avenue, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

The driver of the Tahoe refused to stop and a chase began, Harrison said. During the chase, the Tahoe went to Interstate 440 and got off on Six Forks Road.

During the chase, deputies say items were thrown out of the vehicle.

Then, the SUV, which sustained two flat tires during the chase, hit a guardrail on Ramblewood Drive, according to Harrison.

Eventually, the vehicle arrived at the parking lot of Southern States Collision along Six Forks Road near Wake Forest Road.

The driver parked the SUV behind the business and two suspects ran from the Tahoe.

A passenger in the SUV, Justin Jeffreys, was taken into custody and is in the Wake County Detention Center on a one million dollar bond.  He faces several charges, including trafficking in cocaine.  The other suspect is still at large.

Joyner Elementary had a “jamboree” at the school from 5 to 8 p.m., according to the school’s website.

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Raleigh police and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were also involved in the search for the suspect.

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