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Golf cart victim in fair condition

ALBANY, Ga. -- Christal Potter, 32, remained in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Tuesday in fair condition after being run over by a golf cart at about 9:41 p.m. Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A Dougherty County Police Department report described the injuries suffered by Potter as "a shattered left leg and broken kneecap."

Charged with drunken driving, reckless driving, serious injury by a vehicle and not having headlights on, Catherine Knight Chandler, 40, is free on $4,100 bail, said a Dougherty County Jail spokeswoman.

According to Dougherty County Police Department reports, five witnesses said Chandler drove a golf cart north on Pendleton Street and crashed into Potter at 2306 Pendleton St.

"She was speeding in that golf cart," said Kenyantra Armstrong of Willis Drive. "She (Potter) was right in front of us with her kids leaving a house for trick-or-treating. It is very lucky the kids got out of the way."

The golf cart owned by Chandler was seized as evidence and a passenger in the cart at the time of the crash was disclosed to be Chandler's husband, John Chadwick Chandler, said county police Capt. Jim Sexton.

No charges were filed against John Chadwick Chandler by Tuesday evening, Sexton added. The case remains under investigation.

On Monday, Dougherty County School System spokesman R.D. Harter said Catherine Chandler, a Westover High School counselor, would have her role in the crash discussed at a meeting. He was unavailable on Tuesday.

The rules for driving golf carts on public streets in the county are from Georgia Traffic Codes, stated documents supplied by county police Chief Don Cheek.

While a license plate and registration are not required for the cart to be driven on a county street, the driver must have a license and head, tail and brake lights are required, according to the code.

Unlike with other passenger vehicles, insurance is not required. Drunken driving and reckless driving of a golf cart are chargeable offenses under the code.

According to police reports, Chandler at first refused a sobriety test because, she said, "she was not drunk."

Despite not following instructions on breath tests Chandler eventually recorded a .189 and a .168 on two tries, police said..

A witness at the scene of the crash, who did not want her name used, said that the neighborhood along the 2300 block of Pendleton Street has a history of throwing a block party at Halloween.

The party seemed to have attracted between 200 and 300 people from across the city, the witness said.