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Teen arrested in locked-down Anchorage school

Posted: February 22, 2012 - 1:03am

ANCHORAGE — School officials on Tuesday locked down an Anchorage high school after a student suspected of a pair of hit-and-run crashes drove into the parking lot and entered the school.

Trevor Barras, 19, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of hit-and-run and two counts of driving without insurance in the incident.

Police had been looking for an SUV since it was reported stolen Sunday, police Lt. Dave Parker said. Authorities were alerted to the SUV driven by Barras after it was involved in a crash Tuesday morning, Parker said.

Barras crashed into a second car less than a mile from the school, where the drivers from both hit-and-runs followed him, police said.

He said patrol cars responding to the crashes headed toward the school, which was already staffed with officers assigned there. Classrooms were locked first but Barras entered before outside doors were locked, according to Parker.

“We flooded the school with officers — school resource officers, patrol officers — and they were able to affect his arrest in the hallway because all of the rooms were locked down. Go figure,” Parker said.

The lockdown lasted 20 to 25 minutes, said school district spokeswoman Heidi Embley.

Parker said no students were ever in danger.

“The system for locking down and flooding the school with officers worked well, very well,” Parker said. “He was taken into custody shortly after arriving at the school.”

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