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Charges against high-speed pursuit suspect bound over to Scott grand jury

Wes Bunch • Aug 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

GATE CITY — A Kingsport man who allegedly sparked a high-speed pursuit earlier this year that left a Virginia state trooper seriously injured had his charges bound over to a grand jury during a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Scott County General District Court.

Jason T. Byrns, of Kingsport, is facing charges of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and felony eluding arrest as a result of the April 2013 chase and wreck, which left Virginia State Trooper Jamie Lawson struggling to walk with a severe spinal injury.

Lawson testified during Tuesday's two-hour preliminary hearing, which was presided over by District Court Judge Larry Lewis.

Taking the stand in a wheelchair due to injuries he sustained in the crash, Lawson testified that Byrns hit his police cruiser at least five times and attempted to do so on three other instances while traveling at speeds over 100 mph.

Three other law enforcement officers who were allegedly struck by Byrns in the pursuit also testified for the Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Kingsport Times-News print or e-edition.

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