Teen gets additional 75 days jail for chase

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Wis. – An 18-year-old Gladstone man charged on several counts for fleeing from police in a high-speed chase in Wisconsin last January, recently received his final sentencing.

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. Two counts of reckless driving were authorized in Manitowoc County.

Potter was sentenced June 7 to spend 75 days in jail for reckless driving in Manitowoc County. He pleaded no contest to the charge. The second count of reckless driving was dismissed.

Potter’s 75-day jail sentence will be served concurrently with a 10-month sentence he received this spring on the one count of driver attempted fleeing/eluding a police officer in Sheboygan County.

Fines and costs totaled $1,714. He pleaded no contest to the charge.

Potter was charged with two other counts 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 and one count of criminal damage to a police car were both dismissed in Sheboygan County.

According to police, Potter was driving a stolen Ford Mustang when a Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempted to stop him. The car had been reported weaving in traffic in Ozauke County. Speeds reached 120 miles per hour during the chase on an interstate highway.

The pursuit continued into Manitowoc County where state police chased the vehicle and later apprehended Potter in Brown County after officers and a canine pursued the suspect on foot.

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. The extradition charge, a felony, was later dismissed in Sheboygan County Circuit Court. The bench warrant remains outstanding in Delta County for receiving and stealing stolen property as a second-offense habitual offender.

While lodged in jail in Wisconsin, Potter was charged with one count of disorderly conduct on March 7. He was sentenced on April 17 to pay $327 in fines and costs.