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Man who ran from police, jumped in river, facing life in prison

Bobby Charles Byrd, 39, is pulled from the Red River in July 2011. Bobby Charles Byrd, 39, is pulled from the Red River in July 2011.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Minden man who ran from police and jumped into the Red River last summer now faces a possible life sentence following his conviction in Caddo Parish district court.

Bobby Charles Byrd, 39, was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated flight from an officer.

District Attorney's prosecutors plan to seek multiple-offender status, which could put Byrd behind bars for life.

Byrd was found guilty of leading Shreveport police officers on a high-speed chase through the city and into Bossier City in July 2011. Byrd tried to elude capture by abandoning his vehicle and jumping into the Red River, but he was pulled from the water and arrested.

A Shreveport police officer and his K9 were injured in the process. The officer was bitten while trying to assist the dog in the water when it became distressed in the struggle with Byrd.

Byrd is due back in court Jan. 28.

Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorneys Aaron Crawford and Treneisha Jackson successfully prosecuted the case.

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