Jackson County authorities have accused a 29-year-old motorist of assaulting a law enforcement officer during a lengthy vehicle pursuit that ended Monday when a man and his vehicle plunged into the Little Blue River.
Bryon Wayne Wilson of Buckner quickly surrendered, telling sheriff’s deputies that he didn’t know how to swim, said spokeswoman Sgt. Ronda Montgomery.
According to court records, the incident started about 2 p.m. Monday when a patrol supervisor working in the area of Twyman Road and Missouri 7 recognized Wilson as someone wanted on outstanding felony warrants. The deputy tried to pull over the pickup truck, which had been reported stolen, but the driver refused to stop.
Wilson allegedly led deputies across various county areas and across several fields. At one point, he allegedly caused the driver of an oncoming pickup truck to run off the side of the road and down a ditch.
Wilson also allegedly swerved in an attempt to ram a patrol car but turned away before hitting it. His speed during the chase exceeded 90 mph, according to court records.
The pursuit continued on Perry Road, where Wilson drove between houses and through fences. He then drove through gates into a Jackson County park and down a bicycle path, where the truck plunged into the river.
Prosecutors also charged Wilson with tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.