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Columbia Crash Suspect Held On $2 Million Bond

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COLUMBIA, Tenn.- Columbia Police confirmed Wednesday that the suspect accused of crashing his car into a convenience store in Columbia has been released from the hospital and was in police custody.

Police said that Eric Whitaker was released from Vanderbilt Medical Center Wednesday and immediately taken into custody by the Columbia Police Department.

Whitaker was charged with two counts of attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, theft of property and reckless endangerment, all stemming from his crash into a Columbia convenience store on December 9th.

Whitaker was chasing his ex-girlfriend, when he plowed his pick-up into the Columbia Market on Hampshire Pike. After crashing through the store and injuring the clerk, Whitaker stole an SUV from a person at the store and then crashed it headlong into a commercial truck.

Both Whitaker and the owner of the store were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The store owner, Surendra Patel, was hit by the truck, but miraculously he escaped serious injury and was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Whitaker was taken to the Maury County Jail, where he was being held on a $2,000,000 bond.

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