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Golf cart case continuing

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- An Albany woman appears headed to a jury trial on drunken driving charges after rejecting a plea agreement that would have required jail time.

Catherine Knight Chandler, a Doublegate Drive resident, is awaiting trial on drunken driving, reckless driving and serious injury indictments for crashing a golf cart into Christal Potter on Oct. 30.

One of Potter's legs was reportedly shattered and she suffered a broken kneecap as a result of the crash. On two tries, Chandler's blood-alcohol breath test turned up more than twice the legal limit, officials say.

"Some time ago I extended a negotiated plea offer to the defendant," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Heather Lanier. "Primarily due to my insistence that any recommendation from the state include a period of incarceration for Ms. Chandler, the offer as made was rejected."

A call to Chandler's attorney, Thomas Duck, was not immediately returned. Two attempts to talk to Chandler by phone at Westover High School, where she works as a guidance counselor, were met with disconnections.

Although Potter did not immediately return a phone call, Lanier said that she has kept Potter and her family up on the case.

"I am very appreciative of their outstanding cooperation and supportive positive attitude, especially after having been through such a traumatic experience," Lanier said. "Due to the amazing efforts of the Dougherty County Police Department and the actions of the victim and her family, I have a case that I will gladly submit to a jury.

"Trials are scheduled primarily based on age and severity of the case, and due to the various demands placed on everyone in the criminal justice system, it takes time, unfortunately, to be able to present a trial to a jury."