Today in the 402nd Judicial District Court, Wood County, Texas, District Judge Jeff Fletcher sentenced William Eric Potter to fifty (50) years and a $10,000.00 fine for Evading Arrest or Detention with a Motor Vehicle (Deadly Weapon). After a two-day trial, the jury found Potter to be a habitual offender and recommended the fifty-year sentence and $10,000.00 fine. Potter’s conviction stems from events of October 11, 2016, where he led authorities from the City of Winnsboro, Wood County and Franklin County on a high-speed chase covering multiple jurisdictions, striking three marked patrol units. After a six hour search that followed Potter’s flight from his wrecked, red Dodge pickup, hounds deployed by assisting law enforcement in New Boston located a scratched and bloodied Potter dressed only in his underwear in a nearby wooded area.
Potter will be eligible for parole in twenty-five (25) years. He intends to appeal his conviction.
The District Attorney’s Office thanks Trooper Gary Hayes, Deputy Donovan South and Deputy Melissa Pollard, as well as all involved agencies and officers in Wood and Franklin Counties, among others, for a job well done.