A Buckner man wanted on several warrants now faces three new felony charges from a Monday chase that ended with a stolen truck plunging into the Little Blue River.
Bryon Wilson, 29, of Independence, is in the Jackson County Detention Center on several previous warrants, including felony theft and second-degree burglary. He was charged Tuesday with three Class C felonies – assault on a law enforcement officer, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest by fleeing.
At approximately 2 p.m. Monday, a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed Wilson operating a truck near Missouri 7 and Twyman Road. The deputy knew he was wanted for several outstanding warrants and attempted to stop Wilson.
As a lengthy pursuit ensued through rural areas and field, Wilson allegedly swerved the truck in an attempt to ram a deputy’s patrol car but jerked the truck back out of the way just prior to impact.
The pursuit continued and, after driving between houses and through fences off Perry Road, Wilson drove through the gates at a Jackson County park and onto a bicycle path before plunging the truck into the Little Blue River.
“As the truck went toward the water, the suspect attempted to flee by bailing from the vehicle and running into the river,” Jackson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Ronda Montgomery said. ”However, as the water got near his head, he told deputies he could not swim and elected to come back to the bank, where he was taken into custody.”
Wilson was taken to a local hospital, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released back into custody.
Jackson County Judge Twila Rigby set bond for Wilson at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is set for May 14.