Motorcycle chases ends with drug arrest

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Police say a suspect tried to elude officers. Meth and marijuana were seized after he stopped.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A 32-year-old Austinville man faces illegal drug and traffic charges after he tried to elude a Carroll deputy during a traffic stop last Thursday, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
The chase occurred as Sgt. Bobby Lyons was patrolling the area near U.S. 52 and Pleasant View Road. The deputy saw a motorcycle being operated in a reckless manner, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Lyons tried to stop the motorcycle for reckless driving, but it sped off, heading south on U.S. 52.
The chase ended in the Little Vine community, after the deputy took Jason Matthew Lawson, 32, of Austinville into custody without further incident.
Once the deputy got the motorcycle stopped, he found Lawson in possession of about a pound of marijuana and about 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine, the press release said.
The Austinville resident was charged with driving under the influence, felony eluding, distribution of marijuana and distribution of methamphetamine, according to information from the sheriff's office.
Lawson was held without bond on these charges as well as a warrant from Carroll County Circuit Court for failure to appear.
Deputies Chuck Edwards and Bobby Melton, Virginia State Police Trooper Matt Cochran and Hillsville Police Department Sgt. Wesley Yonce assisted Lyons in this incident.