On July 4th, 2019 at approximately 10:28 AM, Mark A. Potter was arrested on the charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Endangering and Criminal Mischief.
Potter was stopped by police after driving through barricades that had been placed marking the parade route on Nehalem Avenue in Rockaway Beach. A barricade was lodged under the front bumper of the vehicle Potter was driving. Dozens of people of all ages had begun lining the streets for the annual Fourth of July Parade. Several citizens attempted to get Potter to stop his vehicle, which he eventually did. While investigating the circumstances as to why Potter had driven through the barricade, it was determined he was impaired. With the assistance of people in attendance for the parade, the route was cleared and the parade started on time.
A breath test showed Potter’s blood alcohol content to be nearly three times the legal limit.
The Rockaway Beach Police Department is thankful that no one was hurt. Roadway safety is something everyone can be involved in. Plan ahead so there is no need to rush, designate a driver when needed, use hands free electronic devices and get plenty of rest on long trips.
This is an open case with the District Attorney’s office, no other information will be provided at this time.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Sergeant Sean Ahlers at the Rockaway Beach Police Department or by phone at (503)374-1726.