Arrest made in Albany hit-and-run case

Two pedestrians were injured in the Jan. 16 incident

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department has confirmed the arrest of Gary Potter, accused of injuring two people in a hit-and-run incident near an Albany sports bar.

Officials said that around noon on Thursday, the 911 center received a tip that Potter was at Albany Auto Auction in the 1400 block of Silica Drive. Officers of the APD responded to the location and Potter was taken into custody without incident, police officials say.

In a statement, Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD, said that Potter was questioned at the Law Enforcement Center on West Oglethorpe, charged with two counts of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, then transported to the Dougherty County jail.

The hit and run occurred around midnight on Jan. 16 and started with an argument inside Coach’s Bar and Grill at Hunter’s Mill Shopping Center on Dawson Road, officials say. Police contend Potter went out from the bar and intentionally struck two people as he was driving away.

The incident isn’t the first in which a pedestrian was struck by a motorist in the Hunter’s Mill parking lot, which at times has been used by motorists as a cut-through between Dawson Road and Old Dawson Road.

In an unsolved case that is 9 years old, Ginny Crisler, 57, was struck by a speeding vehicle in the parking lot of Hunter’s Mill on Dec. 14, 2004 and later died.

The driver of that vehicle, thought to be a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina, has never been located, said Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards.

There remains a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of that hit-and-run driver, Edwards said.