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Kingsport man pleads guilty in SW Virginia chase, crash that seriously injured trooper

Wes Bunch, NET News Service • Nov 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

GATE CITY, Va. — A Kingsport man pleaded guilty in Scott County court Wednesday morning to multiple felonies stemming from a high-speed chase earlier this year that left a Virginia State Police trooper with permanent spinal chord injuries.Jason T. Byrns, of Kingsport, pleaded guilty to over a dozen charges, including aggravated malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, three counts of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, four counts of felony obstruction of property among others.Byrns also pleaded no contest to several drug possession charges. The charges against Byrns are the result of an April 2013 chase and wreck that left VSP Trooper Jamie Lawson with a severe spinal injury and struggling to walk.