Hit-and-run causes brief lockdown at Calabasas schools

Calabasas High, A.C. Stelle Middle and Chaparral Elementary schools were placed on lockdown early Wednesday morning after a vehicle reportedly fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident at the middle school campus.

One man was arrested at the scene of the accident, but two other people fled, Lt. Christina Baker of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said.

The Las Virgenes school district followed protocol and placed the three schools in the vicinity on lockdown as a safety precaution.

Dan Stepenosky, superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District, said the two other men were quickly apprehended.

“One of the men ran across the front of the A.C. Stelle campus,” Stepenosky said. “The plant manager saw the person, told the principal and the principal immediately put the campus on lockdown. In an abundance of caution we also put Chaparral Elementary School and Calabasas High in lockdown for a brief time until the sheriff had all three in custody.”

There were no reports of injuries, and the entire incident, which occurred a little after 9 a.m. in the Topanga Canyon area, was over within a half-hour, officials said.

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