Crime

Missouri man is arrested after allegedly eluding police most of the day

Donald V. Buckner, 32, of Columbia, was arrested Wednesday night after a police chase from Kansas City to near the Iowa border. He is suspected in an assault and an armed robbery.
Donald V. Buckner, 32, of Columbia, was arrested Wednesday night after a police chase from Kansas City to near the Iowa border. He is suspected in an assault and an armed robbery. KRT

A man suspected in a Kansas City armed robbery who led police on a chase of more than 100 miles to near the Iowa border allegedly eluded police earlier Wednesday in Columbia.

Donald V. Buckner, 32, of Columbia, was arrested Wednesday night after his vehicle blew a tire and caught fire in Atchison County, the northwesternmost county in Missouri.

Jackson County prosecutors on Thursday charged Buckner with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action and resisting a lawful stop.

Police in Columbia said Buckner, who had a warrant for his arrest in an assault case, was seen in a vehicle by officers about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday outside the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia. He allegedly fled when officers attempted to pull him over, and officers disregarded the pursuit for safety reasons.

A few hours later, Kansas City police were called to a reported robbery at a convenience store in the 6600 block of Truman Road. A person who allegedly stole money at gunpoint from two people outside the store was driving a white GMC Yukon, which officers saw and began pursuing.

With speeds at times exceeding 100 mph, Kansas City police chased the Yukon through Clay County and into Platte County, where sheriff’s deputies took over the pursuit near Kansas City International Airport.

The Missouri Highway Patrol and other police agencies took part in the chase as it headed north on Interstate 29 until officers arrested Buckner near Rock Port, Mo.

According to court documents, Buckner told officers that he had fled because of the arrest warrant in Boone County.

His bond on the Jackson County charges was set at $100,000. There is also a $25,000 bond set for the Boone County assault case.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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