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SUV left running stolen from parking lot
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Andrew Holt

A man who reportedly stole a 2021 Toyota Highlander that was left running at a shopping center had his night end badly when he crashed the SUV in Franklin County and was hospitalized.

Andrew T. Holt, 31, faces charges of theft of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and reckless endangerment for the incident which began at Northgate Center on Saturday night just after 8 p.m.

According to the McMinnville Police Department report, Alycia Spence, 32, told officers she was running inside the laundromat at Northgate Center for just a couple minutes when her SUV valued at $60,000 was stolen.

“She stated she did not see who took her vehicle but observed it take off at a high rate of speed,” the police report says.

Surveillance footage from the shopping center was obtained and the suspect was familiar to law enforcement. He was identified as Andrew Holt based on camera footage.

“I had two prior encounters with Mr. Holt and he was also wearing the same clothes,” said Lt. Bobby Anderson.

A description of the Highlander was broadcast by 911 Dispatch and officer Jay Hutchings spotted it running a red light at North Chancery and Morford Street. Hutchings attempted to make a traffic stop on Colville Street, but the suspect continued driving toward Mt. Leo on Beersheba Street. 

Holt reportedly hit two other vehicles near the car wash in Mt. Leo.

“I observed the vehicle pass on the left while another vehicle was traveling inbound, knocking off both driver-side mirrors to the vehicle it was passing and the vehicle that was traveling inbound,” said officer Hutchings.

When officer Mark Mara arrived in Mt. Leo, he found two occupants of a 2018 Chevy Equinox picking auto parts off the roadway. They told him they were not hurt.

The pursuit was discontinued about 1 mile outside McMinnville city limits out of concern for public safety, but not before speeds reached 95 mph.

Holt’s whereabouts weren’t known until later that night.

“I was later contacted by Decherd police officer Michael Diecks. He stated he got into pursuit with the stolen Toyota Highlander and it wrecked,” said Lt. Bobby Anderson. “He stated that Andrew Holt was the driver and he was being transported to Erlanger Hospital.”

The last report on Holt’s medical condition on Tuesday is he remains hospitalized.