HARRODSBURG — A Mercer County man who ran from police and prompted extra security at a high school was arrested Wednesday evening.
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office had attempted Tuesday afternoon to contact Jonathan E. Johnson regarding a probation violation, but he fled a residence on Alford Road, said Chief Deputy Scott Elder.
“When deputies arrived, that’s when he fled out the back of the residence,” Elder said.
Johnson went out the back door and ran into the woods behind the house, Elder said.
“We ran a canine and tracked him for about two hours,” Elder said. “He made it to a vehicle that picked him up and left the area.”
For reasons unknown to Elder, Anderson County officials placed extra security at Anderson County High School after hearing that Johnson had fled from police.
“From what I understand, the day before yesterday, he was at the high school and there was some type of incident involving him and when they heard from us, that prompted the soft lockdown,” Elder said today.
About 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office received information from Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrenceburg Police Department that Johnson was at a residence in Lawrenceburg.
“Officers were able to go over there and apprehend him without any incident,” he said.
Johnson was lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center and charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.