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An Elk Point, SD man is arrested after he's charged with arson

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Authorities say 32-year-old Scotty Hughes intentionally set a fire inside a home which burned overnight. Authorities say 32-year-old Scotty Hughes intentionally set a fire inside a home which burned overnight.
ELK POINT, SD (KTIV) -

An arrest after a bizarre series of events in two Siouxland counties that involves an arson fire, a police chase, and a school lock down.

Authorities say 32-year-old Scotty Hughes intentionally set a fire inside a home which burned overnight.

A woman spotted the fire about 8:15 Wednesday morning.

The property is cared for by Chuck Donnelly, a man authorities say Hughes used to work for.

Shortly after the fire was set, police received a complaint about Hughes in Vermillion.

About 11:00 Tuesday night, Hughes then led South Dakota authorities on a chase that crossed over into Plymouth County, Iowa.

That's were sheriff's deputies say Hughes drove his truck into a cornfield two miles south of Westfield.

Deputies found the truck on fire in the middle of the field but no Hughes.

He was arrested about 10:30 Wednesday morning in Akron, Iowa.

While authorities were still searching for Hughes, the Elk Point-Jefferson Schools were put on lock down for about two hours.

School Superintendent Brian Shanks says the Union County Sheriff's Department asked for the lock down as a precaution, and there was no imminent threat to students.

Parents were notified and the lock down was lifted about 10:45.

"Some can say it was extreme," said Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges. "But based on this individual's character, demeanor - we didn't know what he was capable of - obviously, he's a threat. He's a threat to society."

Hughes is being held in the Plymouth County Jail where he's charged with eluding and criminal mischief.

He's awaiting extradition back to South Dakota where he'll also face charges.

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