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Domestic Dispute Takes To Roadways

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 by Amanda Hara

COLUMBIA, Tenn.-  Two people were hurt, multiple cars were totaled, and a local business was destroyed after one man's drive through Columbia.  Police called it a classic case of rolling domestic violence, where a woman in her car was running from a man in his truck. 

If there was ever a time to call 9-1-1, Friday morning was it.

Dozens of callers didn't hesitate, one told a dispatcher "Oh my God! He just went into the store!  He hit somebody!"

Callers provided dispatch with a look at what was unfolding in front of them: a man chasing a woman into a Columbia convenience store lot, ramming her white Cadillac with his truck, then crashing into the store itself

"I saw all of it happen! Oh my God! There's someone pinned up under the car or something!" said one caller.

That person pinned under the car, was Dipan Patel's father and the owner of the convenience store.  

"My Dad he was behind the counter and he is in the hospital right now," said Patel

The man who crashed into the store didn't  bother with the clerk he'd injured or the mess he'd caused. Instead he went looking for an escape route, and the one he found proved just as violent

"He then exited the vehicle and stole and SUV from another patron at the service station and attempted to leave at which time there was a head on collision with a full sized commercial truck," said Lt. Jeremy Alsup.

The damage to the store will hurt business for the Patel family.

"We are going to lose almost 15-20 days of business because it's going to take almost 15-20 days to remodel the store and we just built the store like four months ago," said Patel

Police point to domestic violence for Friday's chase and series of crashes. But they're thankful that of all the 9-1-1 calls placed that morning, not one reported a death.

"All situations can go from one extreme to the other we're just lucky there weren't more serious injuries than there were," said Lt Alsup.

Police said the driver of the truck 40-year-old Eric Whitaker was flown to Vanderbilt in critical condition.

As for the Dipan Patel's father, the clerk,  he was a little banged up expected to be okay.

Columbia Police said the man will face a slew of charges.


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