School put on lockdown after 2 flee traffic stop

Published: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

A.L. Mebane Middle School was put on lockdown for less than 10 minutes Thursday afternoon after a traffic stop resulted in two people fleeing from police near the school, according to Detective Carrie Lund with the Alachua Police Department.

Lund said Alachua police tried to pull over a GMC pickup on U.S. 441 near Hunter Marine in the 14700 block just before 2 p.m. When an officer asked the driver for her license, she started the car again and drove away, hitting the officer in the arm with her side-view mirror. Police followed the pickup until it pulled over on N. Main Street about a mile from Mebane Middle School, Lund said.

When both the driver and passenger of the pickup ran away, police put the school on lockdown until the two people were caught. Lund estimated that the lockdown, which prohibits anyone from entering or exiting the school and requires all students and staff to stay in their rooms, lasted five minutes or so.

Lund said police first arrested the passenger, William Johnson, 38, of Trenton. They then located the driver, Melissa Conway, 28, of Alachua, hiding near the cafeteria at the school.

Johnson was arrested on previous warrant charges for robbery with a firearm and was booked into the Alachua County jail with a $100,000 bond. Conway was booked into the jail on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, trespassing on school grounds and driving with a suspended or revoked license, Lund said.

Alice Wallace can be reached at 374-5036 or

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