DUI suspect reportedly caused crash, fled scene | TheUnion.com

DUI suspect reportedly caused crash, fled scene

Scott Potkin
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A man who reportedly was driving erratically and at high speeds on a winding section of Highway 20 crashed head-on into another vehicle and then fled into the woods Monday afternoon.

Scott Michael Potkin, 43, was driving an Audi Quattro westbound on the highway just west of Harmony Ridge Road at an extremely high rate of speed at about 2:15 p.m., said California Highway Patrol spokesman Greg Tassone.

“He was reported as driving faster than 70 mph,” Tassone said. “He was unable to maintain control and crossed into the oncoming lane, hitting a Highlander head-on.”

The other driver, a 59-year-old Nevada City woman, sustained minor injuries and declined to be transported to the hospital.

Potkin reportedly ran into the woods, but was described by witnesses.

“We were able to obtain his cellphone number and called him,” Tassone said. “We told him it would be in his best interests to return.”

Potkin reportedly eventually returned to the scene about 45 minutes after and was determined to be under the influence. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, hit and run causing injury, and driving on a license that had been suspended for a prior DUI. He was being held in lieu of $80,000 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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