LI man not guilty of manslaughter in road rage case

June 20, 2011 10:15:43 AM PDT
The Long Island man accused of deliberately running over a man is 2009 was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter Monday.

Twenty-four-year-old Evan Potts, of Oceanside, was accused of letting road rage get the best of him when he ran down 34-year-old Ian Sharinn back in 2009. The jury acquitted him of the top charge, but did find him guilty of criminally negligent homicide.

Potts faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced on August 16. He remains free on $500,000 bail.

The charges stemmed from an incident that police say began with a near accident on Minnesota Avenue and turned into a two-mile chase through the streets of Long Beach. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Sharinn was driving a Porsche, and the 5-foot-9, 140-pound Potts a Nissan Altima.

Prosecutors argued that road rage led Potts to hit Sharinn, while the defense argued that Sharinn was the aggressor who initiated the chase and that Potts was just trying to get away.

The defense claimed that Sharrin got angry about the mishap and tailed Potts through the streets until blocking him off.

Potts made the 911 call after the incident.