Police arrest man suspected of being high on meth, carrying knife near Meridian Elementary By Holly Beech firstname.lastname@example.org HollyBeechMP Mar 14, 2017 (…) By Holly Beech/MP Meridian Elementary, at 1035 W. First St., is next to the Boys and Girls Club and Meridian Schools Clinic. Police placed Meridian Elementary under a shelter-in-place alert Tuesday as they detained a suspect who was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine and carrying a knife near the school grounds, according to Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea.The suspect, 43-year-old David Criss of Meridian, had reportedly threatened a female driver earlier in the day on northbound Main Street at State Avenue in downtown Meridian. Story continues below video × Advertisement Criss allegedly jumped out in front of her vehicle, waved a knife in a threatening manner and said she should have run him over, Basterrechea said. The driver called police around 12 p.m.Shortly after the call came in, officers made contact with Criss, who was sitting on a curb at Northwest First and Washington streets, near Meridian Elementary but not on school property, Basterrechea said. Police arrested Criss and recovered a knife, according to Basterrechea. He did not have details about the knife. Criss is being charged with aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, interrupting the education process and pedestrian under the influence, Basterrechea said. The assault and drug charges are felonies that have the potential to lead to prison time.The shelter in place at Meridian Elementary lasted for a few minutes, Basterrechea said. The precaution means the school locks the exterior doors and is on high alert. Students and teachers are still free to move about the building, he said. During a lockdown, on the other hand, schools also lock interior doors. More from this section Meridian Police respond to 11 car burglaries Posted: March 24, 2017 Speedway roars back into action Saturday with Test and Tune event Posted: March 23, 2017 HUD awards $3.7M to Idaho agencies that help the homeless Posted: March 23, 2017 Thousands of Idaho job seekers' personal information compromised by hack Posted: March 22, 2017 VRT to offer free shuttle rides with live music on board during Treefort Posted: March 22, 2017 HollyBeechMP Follow HollyBeechMP Close Get email notifications on HollyBeechMP daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever HollyBeechMP posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow HollyBeechMP Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!