KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
September 29, 2022
By Natalie Cook Clark
A Katy resident is behind bars after he opened fire on another driver in a road rage incident. The exchange was caught on camera as both drivers engaged in a dangerous high-speed altercation on the Westpark Tollway.
Screen capture from a Harris County Constable's Office, Precinct 5 video.
Katy Resident Fires Shot
Deputies from Constable Ted Heap's Office arrested a man who opened fire on another driver in a road rage incident in Southwest Houston. James Anthony Young, Jr., 32, faces felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Young is a Katy resident.
"It's fortunate that nobody was injured in this situation," said Constable Heap. "This was an extremely dangerous situation for these two drivers as well as other innocent bystanders whose lives were at risk as well."
Road Rage Incident Caught on Dashboard Camera
The other driver’s vehicle caught the incident that occurred the evening of Sunday, September 25, 2022. The film shows both drivers dangerously speeding around the 13500 block of Westpark Tollway.
The second driver exited the toll at Eldridge, but the suspect sped and stopped him by stopping in the road and blocking traffic.
Then the suspect exited his truck with a firearm and fired four shots at the driver’s vehicle. The second driver’s vehicle was hit several times.
Both the suspect and the other driver were uninjured. Deputies were able to identify the suspect and arrest him without incident.
Stay Safe on the Road
As road rage incidents continue to occur in the great Katy area, it's important to know how to protect yourself and your family. Constable Heap offers these tips if you are involved in a road rage incident:
If you encounter an aggressive driver, don’t respond.
Don’t respond to aggression with aggression.
Avoid eye contact.
Avoid offensive hand gestures.
Don’t honk your horn or attempt to antagonize the enraged driver by blocking his way.
If you’re being followed or if an enraged driver points a gun at you, call 911 and provide a detailed description of the vehicle, its license plate and the driver.