Teen awaits trial for high-speed chase

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Wis. – A Gladstone man, accused of trying to flee from police in a high-speed chase in Wisconsin in January, is scheduled to go to trial in Sheboygan County Circuit Court within the next two weeks.

Ray Gidean-John Potter, 18, was arrested on Jan. 6 in Sheboygan County on one felony count of attempted fleeing from police and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to a police car. A third count of attempted fleeing from police was later authorized in Manitowoc County. He remains lodged in jail.

Potter will be tried on the Sheboygan County charges on March 12. The court scheduled the jury trial when the defendant did not plea Thursday but opted for the trial.

Attempted fleeing from police is a felony with a maximum punishment of three and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The misdemeanor of criminal damage to a police car carries a maximum sentencing of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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 weaving in traffic in Ozauke County. The deputy pursued Potter on Interstate 43 with speeds reaching 120 miles per hour.

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 Jan. 18, Manitowoc County authorized a charge against Potter for a second count of a driver attempting to flee police. He is scheduled for a settlement conference in Manitowoc County Circuit Court on May 17 when he may decide to either make a plea or go to trial.

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.