UPDATE: Authorities identify suspect in foot chase through Lindale school

UPDATE: Authorities identify suspect in foot chase through Lindale school
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 1:24pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 5:08pm

The suspect, 31-year-old John Shane Owens, involved in the chase was wanted on 3 warrants for writing hot checks.


Velma Penny school officials say their school was on lockdown for about 10-15 minutes during the incident.


Smith County Sheriff officials released the name of the man involved in the Lindale police chase just before 1:00 on Tuesday.

Officials say John Shane Owens led them on a chase through Velma Penny Elementary School today, after they discovered during a traffic stop that he had outstanding warrants.

Owens was taken to a local hospital after being tackled to the ground during the chase.

He will be charged with evading arrest.


A routine traffic stop by the Smith County Sheriff's Department on FM 849 led to a brief foot chase through a Lindale elementary school.

Lindale police officials say during the stop, one of the two people in the truck took off running. The man ran from deputies down FM 849, through a field, and into Velma Penny Elementary. However, he was only in the school for about 15 seconds, running through the front doors and out another door.

Once outside, deputies tackled the chase suspect who was unarmed and arrested him.

The incident happened around 12:45 p.m.

Details are limited at this time. KETK will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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