CHIPLEY - Law enforcement has arrested and charged a Cottondale man involved in a traffic stop that caused three area schools to be placed on lockdown.

According to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release,  26-year-old Lavern Millisock attempted to flee in a vehicle before abandoning it at a residence on First Street. 

Millisock then fled on foot and was later apprehended in a heavily wooded area between South Boulevard and Brickyard Road, the release stated.

During the chase, Chipley High, Roulhac Middle and Kate M. Smith Elementary were briefly placed on lockdown.

"The safety of our schools and residents in the area, during a case like this, is our first priority," Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews said in a statement.  "With the assistance of the Chipley Police Department and K9 Teams from the Northwest Florida Reception Center and Holmes CI, we were able to quickly secure the area and take the suspect into custody."

Millisock has been booked into the Washington County Jail on the charges of fleeing and eluding, driving while license suspended, and resisting an officer without violence. He, who has an extensive criminal history, is also wanted out of Pennsylvania and Hernando County, Florida.