STATE POLICE PRESS RELEASE:
SCOTT CO. – Two Virginia State Police troopers continue to recover tonight after being injured in a pursuit Tuesday afternoon (April 9, 2013) in Scott County, Va. Virginia Senior Trooper J.C. Lawson remains in serious condition at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Virginia Senior Trooper B.K. Hubbard has been treated and released from Holston Valley Medical Center.
The pursuit began at approximately 1:20 p.m. near the intersection of Route 704 and Route 903 when a
a 2005 Sedona Kia attempted to evade a law enforcement checking detail. The pursuit began in Weber City, traveled through Gate City, and then onto Route 870 (Daniel Boone Highway) where the suspect vehicle was forced to stop on a service road at a gated, dead end. As Sr. Trooper Lawson and a Scott County Sheriff's Deputy pulled in behind, the suspect vehicle backed into both patrol cars, turned around and drove back to Route 870.
As it pulled onto Route 870, the Kia Sedona struck two more law enforcement vehicles and then headed east on Route 870 with Trooper Lawson in pursuit. As the two vehicles continued east on Route 870, the suspect vehicle rammed the trooper's car. The trooper's vehicle was forced off the left side of the road where it struck a parked, heavy-duty pickup truck head-on.
The Kia Sedona crashed moments later. Its driver, Jason T. Byrns, 33, of Kingsport, Tenn., was taken into custody without incident by 1:37 p.m. Byrns has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and one felony count of eluding police. He is being held at the Duffield Regional Jail.
During the course of the pursuit, Senior Trooper Hubbard, 48, was responding to assist when he was involved in a separate crash on Route 870, east of Route 23. His patrol vehicle ran off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and struck a bridge.
Both Senior Troopers are assigned to Scott County. The crashes remain under investigation at this time. The Virginia State Police Wytheville Division's Accident Reconstruction Team and Bureau of Criminal Investigation are assisting with the investigation.
GATE CITY, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police are reporting injuries to two troopers during a traffic pursuit in far southwest Virginia.
The injuries occurred Tuesday afternoon in Scott County during a pursuit that began near the intersection of Routes 704 and 903. One trooper's vehicle was struck on Route 870 and the officer required med-flight transportation to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
State police say the trooper was conscious and alert at the scene but the extent of the trooper's injuries are not known.
A second trooper was also transported to Holston Valley, but details on how the trooper was injured or the extent of the injuries are not available.
The driver of the vehicle being pursued crashed as well. The suspect was not injured.
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