Crime - Sacto 911

Fleeing driver arrested after prompting lockdown of two Lincoln schools

Justin Matthew Roe
Justin Matthew Roe Booking photo provided by Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Two schools in Lincoln were under lockdown for about 30 minutes Tuesday after a driver pulled over by a Placer County sheriff’s deputy fled onto the Twelve Bridges Elementary School grounds.

About 11:43 a.m., a deputy saw a man driving recklessly, traveling about 75 mph in a 40 mph zone, near Twelve Bridges Road and Joiner Parkway in Lincoln. When the deputy attempted to have the driver pull over, the driver stopped in front of Twelve Bridges Elementary School. But the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Justin Matthew Roe of Granite Bay, ran from the car, jumped a fence and ran onto the school grounds, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The deputy immediately called for a lockdown of the elementary school and a nearby middle school.

The California Highway Patrol and the Rocklin and Lincoln police departments joined in the search. A CHP helicopter crew spotted Roe about 30 minutes later, and he was taken into custody on Gatehouse Lane in Lincoln.

Sheriff’s officials said he was not armed. They said Roe had taken off his pants and was wearing shorts and a sweatshirt.

Roe was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest. Sheriff’s officials said he had violated his probation for burglary and a probation hold was being placed on him. According to online booking information, bail was set at $27,500.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.