Wakefield man jailed following pursuit

January 11, 2019

WAYNE — The driver of a vehicle that allegedly forced several vehicles off the road Wednesday afternoon was arrested in Wayne, but not before a Wayne school was locked down and dismissal delayed.

Juan Pena Tamayo, 26, Wakefield, was arrested on several charges, including suspicion of driving under the influence, willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, driving during suspension/revocation and other traffic infractions, said Marlen Chinn, Wayne police chief.

According to a press release issued by the Wayne Police Department on Thursday, the City of Wayne 911 Center received a report of a reckless driver at a high rate of speed that had forced several vehicles off the road between Wakefield and Wayne on Highway 35 around 3:10 p.m. Wednesday.

A Wayne police officer then encountered the vehicle a short time later heading west on Highway 35 at a high rate of speed, according to the release.

Following a short pursuit through a residential area in Wayne, Pena Tamayo was reported to have stopped and ran from the vehicle.

Due to the close proximity to the schools and it being nearly dismissal time, the Wayne Police Department notified school officials, requesting a lockout and not to release students from the buildings as a precautionary measure.

The release stated that within a few minutes, additional officers located the suspect at a residence near the 400 block of West 10th Street. Pena Tamayo was then taken into custody without incident as the school lockout was then lifted around 3:30 p.m.

Pena Tamayo was jailed and is awaiting formal charges from the Wayne County Attorney’s Office in Wayne County Court.

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