Man arrested after allegedly driving into girlfriend at casino

Published on: January 15, 2024, 03:12h. 

Last updated on: January 15, 2024, 03:12h.

Authorities apprehended the individual who allegedly perpetuated harm on a pedestrian in a Pennsylvania casino last year.

Hollywood Casino at the Meadows
Hollywood Casino at the Meadows in Washington, Pa. A man who allegedly drove his car into a pedestrian there was arrested. (Image: Visit Washington County)

The suspect, Christopher Michael Holt, 43, of Pennsylvania, was captured in North Strabane Township, West Virginia after local police received a tip pointing out his location, as reported by Pennsylvania TV station WPXI.

Holt is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

He was placed into the custody of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation and it is yet to be confirmed if he remains in custody as of Monday.

The incident took place on September 3 at the Hollywood Casino at the Meadows in Washington, Pa.

The victim was identified as Hilary Whittaker, as reported by Pennsylvania TV station KDKA.

After an altercation in his car with Whittaker at the casino, she left the vehicle and walked away.

Continuing to act with hostility post-dispute, Holt stepped on the gas pedal, causing the car to accelerate and intentionally driving toward Whittaker, an act categorically described as indefensible in legal terms.

He proceeded to drive the car into a curb, knocking Whittaker’s body onto the vehicle’s hood before she was thrown onto the pavement, reported KDKA.

No updates have been disclosed on the extent of her injuries as of this week.

Holt fled the scene after the incident in his black sedan.

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Holt evaded authorities in the aftermath of the incident, but was eventually apprehended after West Virginia law enforcement distributed his description to the public, urging residents to notify 911 if they spotted him.

It has not been disclosed which member of the public informed law enforcement of his location.

The suspect is described as bald, with brown eyes, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.

Subsequent to examining casino surveillance footage, authorities were able to confirm Holt as the person of interest in the case.

If found guilty in court, he may face several years of imprisonment for the charges against him.

The Hollywood Casino at The Meadows was previously known as The Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

In 2018, Penn National Gaming took control of the operations of The Meadows through their acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment.

Penn’s real estate investment trust, Gaming and Leisure Properties, acquired The Meadows’ physical assets in 2014.

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