Close call for SW Virginia deputy during Bristol chase


A Bristol, Virginia man was arrested following a police pursuit that began on Wallace Pike and involved the suspect aiming his car at a sheriff's deputy.

Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman reported Friday that Christopher Wayne Taylor, 27, was charged with attempted malicious wounding, assault on a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, grand larceny, driving on a suspended license, alluding, speeding and intentional damage to property.

Taylor was caught speeding in a vehicle that was listed as potentially stolen when the deputy first initiated the pursuit on Thursday morning, the sheriff said.

The suspect drove around Wallace Middle School, causing extra school resource officers to be dispatched to the area, and then onto a farm where he crashed through a gate and then into a cornfield where he appeared to be stuck.

The deputy then approached the car and Taylor accelerated toward the officer and his police cruiser, narrowly missing both, the sheriff said.

Taylor crashed into a fence line and tried to flee on foot but the deputy tracked him down and arrested him. He is currently being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon without bond.