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Saylors given 90 days for causing wreck
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Pictured is the pickup that was hit by Timothy Saylors at the intersection of the bypass and Sunset Drive.
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A driver who triggered a two-vehicle collision on the bypass in October, then ran from the crash scene on foot, has been given 90 days in jail.

Timothy Duston Saylors was given 90 days in jail as part of an 11-month, 29-day sentence that also requires he perform 24 hours public service work and make $2,600 restitution to the owners of both vehicles. He entered pleas to charges of leaving the scene of an accident with injury and second-offense driving on a revoked license.

Police say Saylors, 23, was driving an SUV he borrowed from a friend when he entered the intersection of Sunset Drive and the bypass and hit a four-door pickup driven by a WCHS student. The pickup rolled onto its side and the student was forced to climb from the vehicle through the shattered windshield.

Meanwhile, Saylors ran from the scene despite efforts from eyewitnesses to detain him. Once police learned of his identity, they issued a warrant for his arrest and his picture was published in the newspaper.

A few days later, a person believed to be Saylors was spotted at Walmart and police were alerted. 

“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.”

Officers responded and Saylors was taken into custody.

For Saylors, it was his second wreck at that intersection in less than a year. The first came after he got drunk, stole a car, and led officers on a brief chase before crashing into another vehicle.

Saylors was sentenced to 180 days on those charges that included DUI, evading arrest, theft over $10,000, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon (vehicle). He was released in June.