Sheriff's Office: Woman struck ex-boyfriend with car

She faces first-degree assault charge

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: April 11, 2014, 7:11 PM

 

A Woodland woman is accused of striking her ex-boyfriend with her vehicle after she saw him talking to a 17-year-old girl at a party.

Brittany K. Evans, 19, appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree assault — domestic violence.

The victim, Eric Potter, 20, was listed in good condition Friday at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. His mother said he has a broken bone and bleeding on his brain, according to court records.

Judge Barbara Johnson held Evans in lieu of $50,000 bail Friday and appointed Vancouver attorney Bob Yoseph to defend her. She’s scheduled to be arraigned on the charge April 18.

Potter, the father of Evans’ 2-year-old daughter, showed up at the Thursday party in the 15000 block of Northeast Caples Road and was warned that Evans was present, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in October 2012 in Clark County District Court to third-degree malicious mischief against Evans, and a court order bars him from contacting her, court records show.

When Evans saw Potter talking to the 17-year-old girl, she became upset, Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Justin Messman wrote in a court affidavit. Potter said Evans began to call him a pedophile because of the girl’s age, Messman wrote.

Potter said they left the party and were in the street when Evans drove by, yelling at him and again calling him a pedophile, court records say.

She allegedly then turned her car around and drove the car “directly at him with the intention to hit him,” Messman wrote.

Potter said “he had nowhere to go, so he jumped straight up in an attempt to jump over the vehicle,” the deputy wrote. The vehicle struck him, and he flipped over the car onto the ground, Messman wrote.

The 17-year-old’s version of events was slightly different. She said Potter was in the car with Evans but got out, and then Evans hit him.

Evans, similarly, told police that Potter got into her car. She said he seemed to think she was going to give him a ride home, according to court records.

“They continued to argue, and she told Eric to get out of her car,” Messman wrote.

Then, Evans said, she drove the car directly at Potter and then swerved to try to avoid hitting him, court records say.

She said she was trying to “make him think she was going to hit him, but did not mean to,” Messman wrote.

She then fled the scene and drove to her mother’s house, he wrote.