Shreveport Man Found Guilty on Flight and Gun Charges
A Caddo Parish jury found Shreveporter Santavius Deangelo Bailey guilty Thursday, February 9, 2023, of aggravated flight from an officer and two weapons charges that could result in up to 20 years in prison.
The three-man, nine-woman jury in District Judge Chris Victory's court determined that Bailey, 34, was guilty as charged on the three counts he faced: aggravated flight from an officer, felon in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of stolen firearms.
On March 26, 2022, Shreveport police responded to a restaurant on Monkhouse Drive after getting reports that an inebriated man tried to fight employees. Given a description of the drunk's vehicle, police attempted to stop Bailey for questioning. But he drove off at a high rate of speed down Monkhouse and Jefferson Paige Road, going into oncoming traffic, leaving the roadway multiple times, running a stop sign and a red light until he drove his car into a ditch. Bailey was ejected, along with a handgun and other items, through the windshield. Police later found the gun, which had been reported as stolen.
Bailey will return to court March 2, 2023, for sentencing. He faces up to five years in prison for the aggravated flight conviction, five to 20 years for the felon in possession of a firearm conviction and one to five years for the stolen firearms possession conviction.
Bailey was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Sam Crichton and Victoria Washington. He was defended by Dave Knadler and Michael Enright.