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Hit-and-run suspect identified
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A driver who triggered a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Sunset Drive and the bypass and then ran from the scene leaving his disabled vehicle has been identified. Warrants have been issued and officers are actively looked for Timothy Duston Saylors. Pictured is the second vehicle in the wreck. It was driven by Jakob Shockley, who escaped serious injury. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

McMinnville Police Department is asking the public for its assistance in finding an alleged hit-and-run driver.

Warrants have been issued for Timothy Duston Saylors, 23. He has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and fourth-offense driving on revoked license.

“We have identified Mr. Saylors as being involved in the hit-and-run incident at the intersection of Sunset Drive and the bypass,” said police detective Marty Cantrell. “He is not in custody at this time. If anyone as information about his whereabouts, give us a call. We need public information.”

Officers believe Saylors is the driver who triggered a crash at that intersection, then left his damaged SUV behind and ran from the scene. The incident occurred on Oct. 4 at approximately 6 p.m.

Saylors has an unfortunate history with that intersection. Earlier this year, the then 22-year-old got drunk, stole a car, led officers on a high-speed chase, and caused a wreck at Sunset Drive and the bypass. He pleaded guilty to DUI, driving on a revoked license third offense, theft over $10,000, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon – vehicle, evading arrest with risk to others, and evading arrest.

He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and released on June 26.

According to Highway Patrol officer Joseph VanBommel, that incident began when Saylors stole a 2013 Nissan Altima from Scot’s Market. An all-points bulletin was issued for the vehicle with its description.

VanBommel saw the stolen car at Walmart and tried to pull it over.

“He ran three stop signs and one traffic light, causing a crash at the intersection of the bypass and Sunset Drive,” the trooper said, noting Saylors slammed the stolen car into another vehicle.

The lawman said Saylors was not ready to go to jail peacefully even after the crash. “He attempted to exit the vehicle out of the passenger door,” VanBommel said. “I ordered him to get on the ground but he refused.”

The trooper said he was able to latch onto the suspect but he fought him all the way to the patrol car.

In addition to his jail time, Saylors was given 72 hours public service work and fined $650.

Saylors’ bond has been set at $20,000 on the accident and $10,000 for fourth offense driving on revoked.

Anyone with information is urged to call McMinnville Police Department at 473-3808.