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Man to spend time in jail

Up to 10 months for fleeing in chase

March 21, 2013
By Jenny Lancour - staff writer (jlancour@dailypress.net) , Daily Press

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Wis. - An 18-year-old Gladstone man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in jail for fleeing from police during a high-speed chase in Wisconsin last January, according to Sheboygan County Circuit Court records.

Ray Gidean-John Potter, 18, was arrested on Jan. 6 in Sheboygan County on one felony count of attempted fleeing and eluding police and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to a police car. Another count of attempted fleeing from police and one count of reckless driving were later authorized in Manitowoc County.

The above four counts were among five charges authorized in connection with the high-speed chase that involved various police agencies in several counties. A citation for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license was filed in Sheboygan County on Jan. 8 and later dismissed.

During Potter's hearing in Sheboygan County on Tuesday, he was sentenced to the 10-month jail term and ordered to pay $1,714 in fines and costs on the attempted fleeing charge. He pleaded no contest to the felony on Feb. 28.

The charge of criminal damage to a police car was dismissed on Feb. 28 but was read into the court record. He pleaded not guilty to the count on Jan. 16.

According to police, Potter was driving a stolen Ford Mustang when a Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department deputy attempted to stop him because the car was reported weaving in traffic in Ozauke County. Speeds reached 120 miles per hour during the chase on an interstate highway. Debris coming from the stolen vehicle damaged the squad car's hood and windshield.

The pursuit went into Manitowoc County where state police chased the vehicle and later apprehended Potter in Brown County after cops and a canine pursued him on foot. The suspect was turned over to the Sheboygan County deputy who initially tried to pull him over.

On May 17, Potter is listed for a scheduling conference in Manitowoc County regarding the second count of attempted fleeing and eluding police and the one count of reckless driving. He may decide to either make a plea or go to trial.

Prior to that, Potter is scheduled to appear in Sheboygan County for his first appearance on one count of disorderly conduct for an incident on March 7 while he was under police custody.

Following the Jan. 6 incident, Potter was also arrested on a bench warrant as a fugitive from justice for failing to show up in Delta County Circuit Court in Escanaba on Jan. 3.

He was scheduled to be sentenced in Delta County on a conviction for receiving and stealing stolen property as a second-offense habitual offender.

The extradition charge, a felony, was later dismissed on a prosecutor's motion in Sheboygan County Circuit Court. The bench warrant remains outstanding in Delta County.

 
 

 

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