A man who led authorities on a chase last December that resulted in a manhunt and the lockdown of several area schools was arrested Saturday, March 16, on new charges.

Union police and Franklin County deputies arrested Derrick Howard, 24, Union, on misdemeanor charges related to an alleged domestic assault, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Residents reported seeing a large number of deputies and police officers in the neighborhood prior to Howard’s arrest. Sources said law enforcement had information that the suspect might be armed which is why extra officers were called in.

Howard was free on bond in the Dec. 21, 2012, incident that started with a high-speed chase near Krakow and ended off Diener Road where the suspect fled into the woods carrying a rifle. That prompted the lockdown of schools in the Washington area until the manhunt ended.

He was caught hiding behind a house on Holtgrewe Road and later was charged with resisting arrest and second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, both felonies, and misdemeanor charges of driving while revoked and careless and imprudent driving.