Teen faces third charge

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Wis. – A Gladstone man was recently charged with a second count of attempting to flee police in connection with a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle in Wisconsin last month.

Ray Gidean-John Potter, 18, was arrested on Jan. 6 on one felony count of attempted fleeing from police and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to a police car. The two charges were authorized in Sheboygan County after he was arrested for leading police on a multi-county vehicle chase.

A third count of attempted fleeing from police was recently authorized in Manitowoc County where Potter is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in circuit court on Monday, according to court records. The felony carries a maximum punishment of three and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Potter is scheduled for a plea hearing Feb. 28 in Sheboygan County on the original charges of attempted fleeing from police and damage to a police car. If a plea is not made, Potter is scheduled to be tried before a jury beginning March 12.

According to police, Potter was driving a stolen Ford Mustang when a Sheboygan County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop him because the car was reported to be seen weaving in traffic in Ozauke County. The deputy pursued Potter on Interstate 43 with speeds reaching 120 miles per hour.

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

Potter remains lodged in jail.

Following the Jan. 6 incident, Potter was also arrested on a bench warrant as a fugitive from justice because he failed 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 dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion in Sheboygan County Circuit Court on Thursday, according to court records.