Update at 4:30 p.m.: Tuolumne County sheriff’s officials report they are actively seeking a man with outstanding warrants who skipped out of a travel stop near a school earlier today, forcing a brief lockdown.
As reported below, Kevin Sovereen remains at large and sheriff’s officials are asking anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to call their office.
A Sonora woman who was a passenger in a vehicle he was driving, Carly Boehm, age 40, of Sonora was subsequently booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on drug charges.
Her photo has been added to the slideshow in the image box. She currently faces a possession of controlled substance paraphernalia charge from today’s incident as well as charges stemming from two warrants out on her from Santa Clara County: hit and run property damage and contempt of court.
Update at 11:35 a.m.: The lockdown at Sierra Waldorf School has been lifted.
While the reason for the lockdown — a male driver who escaped from a nearby traffic stop just before 11 a.m. — has not yet been located, he was identified as Kevin Sovereen, a wanted subject in Tuolumne County, according to sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Andrea Bensen.
Sovereen is described as unshaven, with short brown hair. He was wearing aviator sunglasses, a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans. To view photos of him, click in the image box. Sovereen has a previous history of evading arrest, also drug-related offenses, including for sale, as reported here.
Sgt. Bensen adds that an empty gun holster was found on the floorboard of the vehicle he ran from, after pulling over on French Flat Road. Deputies did locate the gun in the vehicle and have a female passenger, Carly Bohem, in custody with drug charges pending, details of which are yet to be publicly released.
Again, the public is asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s office with any sightings of a suspicious male in the area at 533-5815.
Update at 11:15 a.m.: A lockdown at a Jamestown school was initiated after a pursuit by deputies of a vehicle that did not yield in response to a nearby traffic stop.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Andrea Bensen, while deputies did finally pull over the vehicle, which was being driven by a male who is now being sought, after taking off on foot. Deputies are searching near the French Flat area and a deputy was dispatched to talk with school officials.
The public is asked to avoid the area during the search and please call 911 or the sheriff’s office with any sightings of a suspicious male in the area at 533-5815.
Original Post at 11:09 a.m.: Sonora, CA — Sierra Waldorf School in Jamestown is currently on lockdown.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s officials, who made the announcement shortly before 11 a.m., deputies are currently searching the area for a subject who ran on foot from a vehicle during a pursuit that had just occurred.
We will pass along more information as it comes into the news center.