by: COUNTRY CHRISTIAN - The school is located on Highway 211 near MolallaA search by Molalla Police for a stolen car suspect shut down Country Christian School Wednesday morning.

The school canceled all classes while police scoured the area along Highway 211 near the school with a number of units, including a K-9 unit.

Molalla Police Officer Aaron Christopherson said the car was stolen at 6:40 a.m. from a home at 127 North Cole Road in Molalla, where the car's owner had left it warming up in the driveway.

"One of our officers spotted the stolen car a few minutes later, and he got into a short pursuit on Highway 211," Christopherson said. "Then the suspect jumped out of the car and ran into the woods. We tracked him with a canine, but were not able to find him."

The suspect remains at large. Police describe him as a Hispanic man in blue or possibly gray clothing and a white baseball cap.

Country Christian School had already scheduled an early release for 11:45 a.m. today, and the classes were cancelled for the day before students arrived at the school.

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