The authorized troubles of of 23-year-old Oakland resident Austin Potts continued to mount Monday when his bond was revoked in a Baxter County case following authorities in Washington County submitting expenses in opposition to him.
In Baxter County Circuit Courtroom on Monday, 14th Judicial District Prosecuting Legal professional David Ethredge requested Circuit Courtroom Decide John Putman to revoke Potts’ bond within the Baxter County case and set a brand new one.
Ethredge cited Potts’ two current arrests in Washington County for aggravated assault as the rationale he needed the decide to revoke Potts’ bond. Putman revoked Potts’ bond within the Baxter County case and set a brand new bond of $15,000 money.
Meaning Potts should both put up $15,000 money to get out of jail or he should put up actual property price not less than that quantity. A cash-only bond means a defendant can’t use the companies of a bail bond firm.
The Baxter County case
At 12:25 a.m. on Sept. 6 of final yr, Baxter County deputy Craig Kocka was on patrol when he noticed a bike with a damaged tail mild exiting a closed entry highway within the Pigeon Creek space, in line with the affidavit filed within the case.
Potts rode the bike south on Arkansas State Freeway 201 in the direction of Mountain Residence, with Kocka trying to drag him over. Potts reportedly refused to cease and turned on to Baxter County Highway 28.
Deputy Craig Gates arrange a roadblock at CR28 and Jade Lane. Potts reportedly stopped when he encountered the roadblock. Kocka closed in and the 2 deputies ordered Potts off the bike.
Potts drove the bike in the direction of Gates. Kocka deployed a Taser in opposition to Potts, with no impact. Potts reportedly accelerated and and struck Gates “within the decrease extremity,” inflicting the deputy to fall to the bottom, in line with the affidavit.
Gates was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Middle the place he was handled for his damage and later launched, in line with a information launch.
A couple of minutes later, deputy Tony Beck noticed Potts coming off CR28 and heading west into Mountain Residence on U.S. Freeway 62. Mountain Residence police then joined the pursuit because it wound its method by the town, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.
A type of becoming a member of the pursuit was Mountain Residence police officer Robert Recktenwald, driving a brand new push bar-equipped SUV issued to him. Recktenwald was injured when a deer jumped into his path, colliding with the push bar and a small portion of the physique of the SUV.
Recktenwald was seen for a knee damage at BRMC and later launched.
Potts misplaced his pursuers in a subdivision close to BRMC. Potts was noticed close to the hospital’s parking storage by MHPD officer Rodney Wiggins and was detained. Potts reportedly gave Wiggins a false identify, in line with an MHPD report.
Nevertheless, Wiggins famous Potts had each Taser probes nonetheless connected to his clothes when he was detained. That, together with Wiggins recognizing Potts as somebody who’d reportedly been in bike pursuits earlier than, allowed authorities to positively establish Potts because the bike rider.
MHPD officers discovered Potts’ bike close to the parking storage, leaning in opposition to a utility trailer, in line with the MHPD report.
Potts was arrested on felony expenses of second-degree battery, aggravated assault and fleeing by car. Potts additionally faces misdemeanor expenses of reckless driving, resisting arrest, no tail mild and violation of a DWI restricted license.
The 2 felony aggravated assault circumstances in opposition to Potts in Washington County are within the early levels of shifting by the court docket system, in line with court docket information.