Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

High speed chase ends in crash

An investigation continues into a Saturday evening motorcycle chase that ended when a Bossier City man wrecked his bike in south Webster Parish.

Louisiana Troop G Public Information Officer Cordell Williams said there are some conflicting reports as to whether one of two cyclists was shot by a Webster Parish deputy.

"At this point, we are unsure of what the actual charges will be," Williams said. "It could take up to a week before we have all the information."

According to Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton, 22-year-old James Jordan Riley of Bossier City, has been charged with aggravated flight, attempted first degree murder of a police officer and speeding (76 in a 55 mile-per-hour zone).

Another cyclist, 23-year-old Darren Fitzgerald Dotson, Jr., of Ruston has been charged with aggravated flight from an officer and speeding (76 in a 55 mile-per-hour zone).

Initial reports say the two motorcyclists were speeding on U.S. Hwy. 371 north of Dixie Inn. The lead cyclist, Dotson, was stopped on U.S. Hwy. 80 by a Webster Parish deputy.

The second cyclist, Riley, reportedly continued traveling on Hwy. 80, then doubling back to Interstate 20.

"He got on 371 south and went toward Coushatta," the sheriff said.

Sexton said a roadblock was set up on Brushy Creek Bridge where Riley allegedly swerved toward the deputy, forcing him to fire his weapon.

Authorities said the chase continued to Hwy. 531 where the motorcyclist turned on Hwy. 792, crossed railroad tracks and crashed.

"That was approximately five miles from where the shots were fired," Sexton said."It's unclear at this time whether the subject was injured from a gunshot wound or whether he was injured from the wreck."

Riley was reportedly transported by ambulance to Minden Medical Center and then to LSU Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries.

Sexton said they are waiting for doctors' reports to determine the origin of Riley's wounds.

"Apparently, there were no fragmentations or objects in the wound, itself," Sexton said.

"He (Riley) put a lot of people in danger," Sexton said. "At some point, he was traveling at speeds of more than 135 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic."

The sheriff's office asked state troopers to handle the investigation.

"They are going to work it from beginning to end," Sexton said. "Because shots were fired, it is unethical for us to work our own investigation."

The sheriff said pending the outcome of Troop G's investigation, additional charges may be filed against Riley.

Sexton said the deputy who fired the shots has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome.

Last Updated ( June 27, 2011 )  





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