Charges Issued for Resisting Arrest in South County

St. Louis County, MO –  On Wednesday, March 20, 2024, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued charges on suspect Douglas Buffer, 43 years of age, of the 5000 block of Meadow Drive in Imperial, Missouri 63052, for two counts of Resisting Arrest for a Felony. A booking photo of Buffer is attached. Buffer is being held on a $50,000 cash-only, no 10%, bond.

Please note, charges are merely an accusation and Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

The probable cause statement reads: At 3:30 p.m., on March 19, 2024, officers of the St. Louis County Police Department spotted a vehicle near the intersection of S. Broadway and E. Ripa being driven by defendant Douglas Buffer, who had multiple warrants for his arrest in felony cases. Officers attempted to initiate a stop of Buffer by activating their emergency lights and sirens, however, Buffer fled from the officers by accelerating to a high rate of speed and refusing to yield to the stop. The defendant then crashed into a fence and fled on foot into a wooded area. Officers attempted to locate the defendant to no avail at that time and ended the search.

Approximately two and half hours later, officers were notified that Buffer had been spotted coming out of the wooded area near 9846 Linn Avenue. Officers responded to the area and spotted Buffer. Upon seeing police, Buffer again fled from officers on foot. Officers were eventually able to apprehend Buffer after a foot pursuit. It should be noted that Buffer continued to flee after officers deployed tasers and pepper spray. Buffer also continued to physically resist officers after they attempted to take him into custody.

The St. Louis County Police Department South County Precinct officers are leading this investigation.

Chris Rhodes
Author: Chris Rhodes

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