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Hit-and-run suspect caught
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Timothy Saylors

A trip to the store and alert shoppers nabbed a suspected hit-and-run driver.

Timothy Duston Saylors, 23, who is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and fourth-offense driving on revoked license, has been apprehended by McMinnville Police Department officers at Walmart.

“Someone called from Walmart and said ‘I think the guy you’re looking for is here,’” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “He was walking around looking at items, just shopping. We don’t have an incident report because there was an outstanding warrant for him. An officer did respond. He was taken into custody and transported by Warren County Sheriff’s Department.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Saylors remained behind bars at Warren County Jail.

Officers believe Saylors is the driver who triggered a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Sunset Drive and the bypass on Oct. 4, then left his damaged SUV behind and ran from the scene. A WCHS student who was driving the other vehicle managed to escape serious injury.

McMinnville police detective Marty Cantrell said the disabled vehicle, which belongs to a friend of Saylors, and witnesses at the scene produced an identification of the suspected driver.

A separate hit and run which happened eight days earlier in Newtown remains under investigation. Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol continue to search for a suspect driving a dark vehicle that struck a 17-year-old pedestrian from behind.

The teen was walking back from Dollar General and was hit near Spring Valley Road. The teen continues to receive medical care for his injuries.