Man Who Led Police on a Three-County Chase Sentenced to Life Without Parole

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Phillip Earl Young was sentenced this week to life without the possibility of parole following a trial in March where the jury found him guilty of felony evasion and automobile burglary. Young is a violent habitual offender who has previously been convicted in Sunflower County for carjacking and grand larceny. He was on probation at the time of his arrest.

In March 2009, Young was approached as he was stealing gas from an eighteen wheeler. After being confronted by the victim he got into his semi-truck and raced off with over 100 gallons of stolen diesel, nearly striking the victim as he left the parking lot. Law enforcement officials were dispatched and spotted Young in the truck at the intersection of Highway 80 and Airport Road.

Police attempted to pull over Young’s 18 wheeler, but he accelerated and a chase ensued. The chase began in Rankin County and continued into both Hinds and Madison Counties. During the chase police officers pulled in front of Young and deployed spike strips in an attempt to end the pursuit. Young was able to avoid the first set of spike strips, but later police were successful in puncturing his tires.

Young continued to flee from a half-dozen law enforcement agencies, as his tire began coming apart causing sparks and debris to fly toward cars.

Young’s vehicle was ultimately forced from the road when he unsuccessfully attempted to flee on foot.

Young was convicted after a two trial in which the jury was able to watch the 45 minute pursuit that had been captured by the in-car cameras from several Pearl Police Department vehicles.

Guest stated, “Young is a dangerous person who had no concern for the safety of hundreds of innocent people as he took law enforcement on a chase through three counties. He has not learned his lesson from prior convictions, and he will now have to spend the remainder of his life in jail.”

Guest added, “Together, law enforcement agencies from three counties, were able to bring a dangerous criminal to justice and he will no longer be able to put the lives of others at risk”

Guest concluded, “I am very proud of the work law enforcement officials did to capture a violent criminal while also protecting the public who were on the roads that night. It is an honor to work with those hard working officials on a daily basis.”