Jackson County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old Independence man for allegedly stealing a car in Kansas City and later running from Independence police officers.

Jackson County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old Independence man for allegedly stealing a car in Kansas City and later running from Independence police officers.


Ryan D. Craven was charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting arrest.


Craven, who prosecutors say has been arrested four times in the past nine months, allegedly stole a silver 1995 Nissan Pathfinder from the driveway of a Kansas City home early Wednesday morning.


Police say the SUV left the scene of a burglary on the 100 block of North Wilson Road around 3 a.m. They saw people loading what looked like stolen appliances into a pickup truck. Another vehicle, the stolen Pathfinder, sped away.


About an hour later, a patrol officer noticed the SUV and tried to stop the vehicle. The SUV didn’t pull over and sped southbound on Davis Road. The vehicle hit a tree and became stuck in a ditch at the dead end road.


“The defendant (Craven), who was driving, then continued to accelerate the engine and spin his tires in an effort to escape,” according to what a police detective wrote in the probable cause statement.


A patrol officer fired a single round from his handgun “in the direction” of the front left tire of the SUV.


Craven and a passenger surrendered.


A bullet fragment ricocheted off the vehicle, hitting the officer. He was slightly wounded, treated and released.


Craven declined to give a statement to police investigators.