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'Good Samaritan' credited for arrest in W.Va. hit-and-run case

November 18, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is crediting a "good Samaritan" for helping deputies make an arrest after a hit-and-run accident Tuesday evening.

At about 8 p.m., an eastbound 2001 Ford Ranger driven by Todd Caton was stopped at a stoplight on Hedgesville Road (W.Va. 9) at the intersection with Harlan Springs Road when it was struck by a vehicle making a right turn from Harlan Springs Road, the sheriff's department said in a news release.

The impact sheared off the front bumper of the second vehicle, which fled west on W.Va. 9 toward Hedgesville, the release said.

A woman who witnessed the accident turned her vehicle around and followed the second vehicle to the Independent Bible Church parking lot. The woman then returned to the scene of the accident and gave police the vehicle's tag number and a description of the driver, the release said.


Police then went to the church parking lot, where they found a 2001 Dodge Durango with a missing front bumper, the release said.

Kim L. Potter was charged with driving under the influence, hit and run, failure to maintain control and other unrelated charges stemming from her arrest, the release said.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. No one was injured, according to the release.

When police asked the witness why she got involved, "she advised that she would expect the same from others if she were struck," Lt. W.A. Johnson said in the release.

"Thanks to the good Samaritan, an arrest was made, charges filed, in a case which may have gone unsolved," Johnson said.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Johnson at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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