MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- Marshfield Police say a case that at one time was considered a possible abduction, has now turned into a search for an upset driver.
"It appears to be a dispute between a group of students and a motorist that escalated clearly," Lt. Darren Larson with the Marshfield Police Dept said.
Lt. Larson says, on Monday, a 12-year old boy reported he was chased by a man while walking to an after school program. That information was what initially led to an abduction investigation. But, further questioning revealed the boy was with other middle school students throwing snow balls at cars. Police say, one of the boys hit a passing car and the driver stopped to yell at them. That's when, authorities say, the boys got scared and ran away.
"We would like to speak to the motorist to find out his side of the story," Lt. Larson said.
But, because the incident involved Marshfield Middle School Students, school officials say, parents needed to know. So, they sent out an alert informing parents of the situation and giving a description of the vehicle.
"It's something parents would want to know. 4,000 eyes on the lookout for a vehicle police are looking for," Marshfield Middle School Principal, Dave Schoepke said.
And while the situation was not life-threatening. Police and school officials say they are using it as a learning tool.
"It's a good time to have a reminder. Use a buddy system, be aware of surroundings, if you see something suspicious, report it to somebody," Schoepke said.
Schoepke went on to say that each teacher spoke to their classes, and provided some necessary safety tips.
"The best way we know about something is communication. What is better than having parents, staff and students all working together," Schoepke said.
Marshfield police say they still want to question the driver involved. Authorities say the man is described as in his mid 40s with long brown hair. Police say witnesses described the man as driving a blue Pontiac van with a dent in the side door.
If you have any information you can call the Marshfield Police Department.
Authorities say, at this time, the driver does not face any charges.