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Man arrested in SW Virginia chase that injured trooper faces additional charges

Wes Bunch • Apr 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

GATE CITY, Va. — A Kingsport man who allegedly led state and local police on a miles-long pursuit through Scott County that topped speeds of 100 mph is facing additional charges following an appearance in court this week.

Jason Byrns, 33, of Kingsport was arraigned in Scott County General District Court Tuesday on charges of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, felony evading arrest, possession of Schedule III drugs with intent to distribute, possession of Schedule IV drugs with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.

Byrns had a preliminary hearing date set for May 30 in district court. He will be represented by Bristol, Va. attorney Janet Metz.

According to the Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney Marcus McClung said Byrns could face a "couple dozen" more charges for his alleged role in the chase, which left one Virginia State Police trooper recovering from injuries he sustained in it.

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