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A Lancaster man wanted on a bench warrant was arrested Friday morning, Feb. 7, after he ran from a car and led officers on a chase through a wooded area.
Javarus Hayden was arrested in a field sometime after 10:30 a.m., following a chase which forced the lockdown of a nearby school, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.
Hayden was arrested near Belk Street after an officer stationed there saw him.
Southside Early Childhood Education Center, 500 Hampton Road, was briefly placed on lockdown, though it was later lifted once Hayden was in custody. The school has an estimated 250 pre-kindergarten students.
The chase started soon after officers saw Hayden inside a car and tried to arrest him for the outstanding warrant.
“He was spotted in a car and officers tried to stop the car. The car stopped, but he jumped out of the car and ran back behind Southside,” Grant said. “We later caught him out in the woods.”
Grant said the school was locked down as an added safety precaution. Officers also remained on school property during the search, which included the city police force, as well as Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
“It took us a little while to find him. That’s a big area back there. There’s a big field back there where we caught him,” he said.
Hayden was wanted on city court charges, which Grant said were relatively minor.
“They (charges) weren’t anything severe or significant, no felonies or anything like that,” Grant said.
No one was injured during the chase and it was unknown Friday afternoon if any new charges will be filed on Hayden.
According to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database, Hayden has at least two pending charges from an April 2013 arrest, including manufacturing or distribution of cocaine, first offense, and possession with intent to distribute.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416