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Man arrested in Kingsport assault, police pursuit and crash

March 13th, 2014 10:00 am by Rain Smith

Man arrested in Kingsport assault, police pursuit and crash

Harley David Byington

A domestic assault in the bathroom and bar of a Kingsport restaurant spiraled into a pair of police pursuits on Wednesday, with the suspect eventually apprehended after crashing into a tree along the Greenbelt several hours later.

Once taken to the hospital for treatment he incurred even more charges, according to police, as drugs were located hidden in an orifice of his body.

Harley David Byington, 43, of 330 Godsey Road, lot 21, Bristol, Tenn., faces a litany of charges, including aggravated assault, evading arrest and possession of drugs. Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton reports Byington and his ex-wife had appeared in Bristol court earlier in the day — in relation to a previous incident of domestic violence — with Byington later arriving at the woman's home.

Police say Byington asked her for a ride from Bristol to Rogersville, with her agreeing in hopes that he'd then leave her alone. While en route on Highway 11-W an argument ensued, and the woman asked Byington to stop the vehicle.

Byington reportedly complied at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Kingsport, 1750 East Stone Drive. When the woman exited the vehicle and entered the restaurant's restroom, Byington allegedly followed her and attacked.

Byington is accused of hitting the woman in the face, lunging at her while wielding a utility knife, then locking her arms and forcibly pulling her from the restroom. The woman then broke free, according to police, but Byington gave chase and grabbed liquor bottles, using them to strike her.

According to witnesses, Byington was screaming, "Before this day is done, you and the baby will be dead, and they'll have to take me down!"

Employees and patrons intervened and stopped the attack. When police arrived to the restaurant at approximately 4:45 p.m., Byington was seated on a bench outside and being restrained by an employee. Police say that upon spotting officers the employee loosened his grip.

Byington reportedly used the opportunity to break free and flee from police through the parking lot, then run across Stone Drive. Officers gave chase towards the East Stone Commons shopping plaza, but eventually lost contact. A subsequent search proved unsuccessful.

Police remained in the area to conduct surveillance at LongHorn. At approximately 9 p.m, Byington returned on foot to the vehicle he had arrived in. When an officer approached, Byington allegedly accelerated away onto Indian Court, ran the red light at East Stone Drive and jumped a concrete median.

With both front tires now flattened, according to police, Byington traveled west on Stone Drive's eastbound lanes and into oncoming traffic. He then drove through the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings and down a roadway between Kmart and East Stone Commons.

On that dead end street the pursuit ended, as Byington crashed into a tree at an entrance to the Greenbelt recreational trail. He was appended and transported to the hospital with non--life threatening injuries.

While Byington was receiving treatment he was allegedly found in possession of a baggie containing marijuana and 18 pills. Police say the drugs were hidden in his rectum.

Byington was transported to the city jail and booked on nearly a dozen charges. They include assault and evading arrest, along with a variety of drug and traffic offenses.

Police say his ex-wife received bruises and abrasions in the attack at the restaurant, but avoided serious injury.

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