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Six vehicles hit, two troopers injured in high-speed chase

Published On: Apr 10 2013 04:18:34 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2013 04:15:35 PM EDT

Two deputies were injured during a chase today near US 23 in Scott County, Virginia.


Two Virginia State Troopers are recovering after a chase ended in several crashes Tuesday afternoon in Scott County, Virginia.

We're told they are both expected to be ok after a day on the job that involved a checkpoint, a police chase and a six-vehicle crash.

You can view photos here of a few of the six damaged vehicles after a police chase came to a crashing end. It happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Route 704 and Route 903 in Scott County.

State police say a man made an abrupt turn at a police checkpoint; troopers tried to stop the suspect and a chase ensued.

Scott County sheriff John Puckett told us about what happened. "I fell in behind the trooper that was chasing him. He came through Gate City very fast right through the town," he said. "He came out at Daniel Boone Road and was doing over 100 miles per hour."

Sr. Trooper Brian HubbardSr. Trooper Jamie Lawson

The chase ended with two troopers being injured -- Trooper Brian Hubbard and Trooper Jamie Lawson are both expected to recover.

"One of the troopers running lost control and went in the creek. It injured him and probably totaled his vehicle," he said. "A trooper sideswiped another trooper and then he ran into a parked vehicle on the side of the road. He was injured as well."

In all six vehicles were damaged; five were police vehicles.

Jason Thomas Byrns was charged with attempted capital murder and felony eluding police on April 9, 2013.

Police tell us the suspect, Jason Thomas Byrns, was taken into custody at the scene.

We talked with Commonwealth's Attorney Marcus McClung at the hospital Tuesday evening. He told us the suspect is charged with felony eluding police and attempted capital murder.

He'll be held in the Duffield Regional Jail. More charges are pending.

View photos: Scott County chase