Police pursuit leads to two schools being placed on high security

Mitchell David Holland

PONCE DE LEON, Fla. — A suspect is in custody after a police pursuit prompted the Holmes County School District to place Ponce de Leon High and Ponce de Leon Elementary schools on high security Friday morning.

Before 2 p.m., the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office had the suspect, identified as Mitchell David Holland, 35, of Panama City, Florida, in custody, and the security measures at the schools were lifted.

According to investigators, the incident began after a neighbor noticed Holland passed out in a vehicle at a residence on Ponce de Leon Springs Road.

When Holland was confronted by the neighbor, a physical altercation ensued, during which Holland pulled a knife before fleeing on foot.

A search of the vehicle revealed items with Holland’s name on them and a photo of him. Also discovered in the vehicle was a pipe containing methamphetamine.

No additional information was available.

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