A Woodland elementary school was briefly locked down this morning as police pursued a suspect in the area.
At 11:20 a.m., Woodland officers attempted to stop a man who was riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the road at the intersection of Cross and Walnut streets. An officer recognized the bicyclist as Carlos Ayala, 19, of Woodland, who had an active warrant for failure to appear in court, according to a Police Department news release. When the officer tried to stop Ayala, he fled over a fence into a yard, where he was able to evade officers. Ayala continued past Dingle Elementary School, then fled on his bicycle.
Because of the proximity of the activity to the school, the Dingle campus was placed on lock-down as a precautionary measure, police said. The lock-down lasted seven minutes, and the suspect never entered the school grounds.
In addition to the active warrant, Ayala is wanted on suspicion of resisting arrest, police said. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800 or (530) 666-2411. Callers can remain anonymous.