Husband accused in attack with car

June 17, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

RIPPON, W.Va. - A Berryville, Va., man was arrested Sunday by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department for allegedly attempting to run over his wife with his car at a house near Rippon, W.Va.

Stanley Dwayne Byrne, 29, was being held Monday on $100,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail.

He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, an offense that carries a possible sentence of one to five years in prison, according to court records.

Deputies were called on Friday to a house on old U.S. 340, about half a mile past Rippon, for a report of a domestic assault, according to court records.


Deputy J.A. Jeffries arrived and spoke to Dawn K. Byrne and other witnesses, court records stated.

They said a car was driven at Dawn Byrne, who managed to elude the car in the driveway, according to court records. The car followed her onto the sidewalk and onto a porch where she sought shelter, charging documents said.

The car knocked over wicker furniture and flowerpots on the porch, according to court records.

Dawn Byrne was pinned in a corner by the front end of the car, according to court records.

Black tire marks covered the porch and the sidewalk where the tires had spun during the chase of Dawn Byrne, according to court records.

The deputy radioed a description of Stanley Byrne and the car he was driving and had deputies in Clarke County, Virginia alerted, charging documents stated.

The deputy photographed the tire marks on the sidewalk and porch and other areas of the yard where the grass was torn up, according to the police report.

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