Husband of fatal Kingsport crash victim arrested on drug charges

Rain Smith • Jan 31, 2013 at 2:06 AM

A Kingsport man has been arrested on drug charges at a city hotel, one day after his wife was killed in a single-car crash on Bloomingdale Pike.

Kingsport police report Jeffrey Byrd, 24, of 1453 Skelton Bluff Road, contacted investigators following Tuesday morning's fatal wreck. His wife, Hayley E. Byrd, 25, of Antioch Pike, Nashville, was killed when her 2005 Mazda 6 failed to negotiate a curve on Bloomingdale Pike and exited the roadway, striking a power pole and concrete culvert.

KPD Vice Det. Nathan Elliott says comments Byrd made to police, along with past information they had received on his alleged drug use, prompted a Wednesday evening visit to his room at Americourt on American Way. Upon the arrival of detectives Byrd allegedly admitted drug use and consented to a search.

Police report locating prescription pills and items used to inject narcotics within the room. Byrd was arrested and charged with possession of schedule IV narcotics for resale within 1,000 feet of a daycare and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nearly $1,100 in cash, believed to be proceeds of illegal drug sales, were also reportedly seized. Byrd was arraigned Thursday morning with bond set at $15,000.

Meanwhile, an investigation into Tuesday morning's crash that killed his wife is continuing. KPD Police Officer Dale Farmer says Hayley Byrd was the lone occupant of her car when the wreck occurred, and was not wearing a seatbelt.

Farmer added that impact damage doesn't suggest speed was factor in the crash, while no evidence of drugs were located in the vehicle. Investigators are awaiting the results of a toxicology report.

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