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Archive for Thursday, February 10, 2005

Police capture wanted man in car chase

February 10, 2005

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An Osawatomie man wanted on a felony drug warrant was arrested Wednesday evening after law enforcement officers caught him in a car chase that ended in a rural area south of Eudora.

William J. Buck, 48, was taken to the Douglas County Jail not only on a the warrant but also on suspicion of several other crimes, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude police and obstruction of justice.

Buck also was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court on a traffic violation.

Lawrence Police Capt. Steve Zarnowiec gave the following account:

About 4:30 p.m. a Lawrence Police detective requested a patrol officer's assistance in serving the felony warrant. The assisting officer stopped a red Dodge car at 23rd and Harper streets.

As the officer approached the car on foot, the driver of the Dodge drove off.

A police pursuit began that went east out of Lawrence and onto rural country roads. The car stopped as it approached a bridge at 2150 North 1000 Road. The bridge had been blocked by officers from another police agency.

According to a Douglas County Sheriff's Office statement, the suspect vehicle at one point also had tried to elude a Eudora Police officer attempting to assist in the pursuit. Eudora officials were unavailable to comment late Wednesday night.

Sheriff's officers also are involved in a follow-up investigation because the incident ended up in the rural area.

The felony warrant was issued by Miami County for two counts alleging the sale of methamphetamine and carried a $50,000 bond.

Buck is to appear in Douglas County District Court at 3:30 p.m. today. More information about the incident was expected to be released today.

-- Staff writer Mike Belt can be reached at 832-7165.

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