Pot pleas out to misdemeanor charges

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

EUREKA SPRINGS ---- Felony charges against Martin Paul Pot, 43, of Eureka Springs, were reduced Tuesday morning as he pled guilty to misdemeanor terroristic threatening and assault charges during circuit court action.

A charge of false imprisonment was dismissed.

His case was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday, but the court was not notified of the plea agreement being reached until early that morning, resulting in some jurors showing up for jury duty.

Sentencing on the reduced charges was deferred for one year, provided that Pot complies with an order that he have no contact with Michael Lynn Bryan.

Pot was arrested by county deputies on June 28, 2004, following a car crash in the vicinity of Lake Leatherwood.

An affidavit of probable cause stated that Pot allegedly pointed an unloaded gun at Bryan and pulled the trigger.

A deputy following the car on U.S. 62 stated that he saw Bryan possibly trying to jump from the moving car. The deputy attempted a traffic stop, the affidavit stated, but the station wagon Pot was driving crashed into a bridge at the ball fields, and Bryan and Peggy Pot, 48, exited the vehicle saying of Pot, "he has a gun."

Peggy Pot told officers that the three of them went to dinner and decided to go for cigarettes. Once in the car, she said, Martin Pot played a CD containing a romantic telephone conversation between her and Bryan.

Bryan wanted to get out of the car, she said, but Martin Pot sped up. Bryan grabbed the steering wheel of the station wagon, resulting in the crash, the affidavit said.

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