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Investigation continues after high speed chase, crash

By Angela Yingling
Published On: Apr 10 2013 04:36:31 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2013 06:00:00 PM CDT

We've learned 33-year-old Jason Byrns of Kingsport is facing several charges including some drug charges that were placed after police searched his car.

SCOTT COUNTY, Va. -

The man police say led them on a high speed chase was in a Scott County, Virginia courtroom Wednesday; Virginia State Police says they can't comment on specifics because there's an ongoing investigation.

33-year-old Jason Byrns of Kingsport is facing charges of attempted capital murder, eluding police and possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

It all began when police say Byrns avoided two state trooper cars set up in Scott County. When troopers tried to pull him over a chase ensued right through Gate City. 

Phillip Elliot saw it unfold. "It was very fast, high rate of speed," he said. "People either stopped dead or took off running to get out of the way; it was a very dangerous situation." 

The chaos is still the talk of the town, but there's also plenty of concern for trooper Jamie Lawson, who was injured in the crash. We’ve learned Lawson is a volunteer firefighter in the area.

"There was even a couple yesterday in the restaurant down the street crying and upset. He's really well-liked in the area," adds Elliott.

While trooper Lawson recovers, state police and the Scott County, Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney Marcus McClung continue investigating. More charges could be filed.

We’ve learned trooper Lawson had surgery and is listed in fair condition at Holston Valley Medical Center. The other injured trooper was treated and released.