Vehicle crashes after police chase on I-77

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Police have charged a driver who crashed at the 22 mile marker on Interstate 77 at approximately 3 p.m. Monday after a chase, according to law enforcement officials at the scene.
The green Hyundai Tiburon with North Carolina plates was traveling at a high rate of speed when picked up on radar by Carroll Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bobby Lyons.


The vehicle was going in excess of 90 mph, according to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
The Hyundai crashed within about two miles of Lyons spotting it and pursuing it. Lyons observed the suspect vehicle passing as many as five vehicles on the right shoulder.
Heading toward Wythe County, the Hyundai went off the left side of the road into the median and flipped several times, winding up on its top.
The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment.
 Lyons charged Luke Brandon Payton, 35, with reckless driving (speeding in excess of 90 mph), passing on the right and eluding police.
Virginia State Police were investigating the crash. State Trooper S.M. Phillips charged Payton with two counts of reckless driving, improper passing, expired registration, failure to obtain registration within 30 days of moving to Virginia and no insurance.