A Shreveport man who led police on a high-speed chase through Shreveport in late 2022 was found guilty in Caddo District Court of aggravated flight from officers Tuesday, January 23, 2024.


James D. Young, 38, was convicted by the four-man, eight-woman jury in District Judge Michael Pitman’s court after deliberations lasting 30 minutes.


Young was arrested September 13, 2022, after a Shreveport Police officer attempted to stop his vehicle for failing to signal for a turn. When the officer turned on his lights and siren, Young accelerated, leading the officer through a residential neighborhood. Young exceeded the posted speed limit by more than 25 miles an hour, speed at more than 66 MPH, running stop signs, crossing into opposing traffic lanes and finally leaving the road, crashing into a residential yard. He then fled on foot but then was captured by officers.


Young will return to Judge Pitman’s court February 1, 2024 to be sentenced. He faces a prison term of up to five years at hard labor and a fine of up to $2,000.


Young was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Hilary Hileman and Sam Crichton. He was defended by Dave Knadler and Stephen Folk-Cruthirds.


The case was docket No. 391313.