Photo: Collin Potter
VENTURA COUNTY — It’s no secret that felony parolees and those under the supervision of the Post Release Offender Supervision program are expected to conform to specific standards of behavior, maintain appropriate social contacts, and avoid even the hint of any association with illegal activity.
When comportment fails to maintain those standards, the consequences for the offending individual can be negative in the extreme, often resulting in an arrest and further prolonged periods of incarceration in county and state facilities.
That appears to have been the reality that came crashing onto the shoulders of 22-year-old Ventura resident Collin Potter in the middle of the afternoon of January 16th, when the members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit spotted him driving past on a road in the community of Saticoy.
According to VCSD spokesman Det. Ebell, because Potter is a known gang affiliate currently on a wanted list pursuant to an alleged “violation of felony probation,” he became the object of an attempted traffic enforcement stop just before 3:00 PM.
But rather than pull to the side of the road and allow himself to be contacted by the Gang Unit deputies, “Potter failed to stop and a short vehicle pursuit ensued through the residential neighborhoods of East Ventura.”
As so often happens in these situations, Potter’s vehicle ran into a parked car, whereupon he “lost control of his vehicle and struck a brick wall.” His subsequent attempt to evade contact by fleeing on foot as he began tossing “a large quantity of narcotics” off to the side to no avail, Potter was brought down to ground, taken into custody, and transported to Ventura County Jail.
Once in his orange jumpsuit, Potter was charged with vehicle evading, hit and run, resisting arrest, driving without a valid license, multiple narcotics violations, and the aforementioned violation of his felony probation.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking