Update: Charges Filed Against Hit & Run Suspect

The Douglas County Attorney has filed charges against the man arrested in connection to a deadly hit and run crash.

Jefferson Potter is charged with manslaughter, theft by unlawful taking, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. At the time of the crash Friday, Potter was on parole.

He is expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday morning.

On Friday, Potter allegedly stole a truck and trailer from a lawn care company in the area of 33rd and Arbor. Later the same day, witnesses reported Potter was driving erratically and speeding when he collided with a vehicle driven by Ryan Ashburn at Saddle Creek and Leavenworth. The passenger in Ashburn's vehicle, Jennifer Siemens was killed.

Potter allegedly tried to run from the scene; however, several witnesses to the crash chased him and held him until police arrived.

Posted June 10, 2013

Bystanders stop a suspect in a fatal hit and run crash from escaping.
Mike Jasa was one of the two witnesses who ran after tackled and held 28-year-old Jefferson Potter after he crashed a stolen vehicle into three vehicles on Friday. The crash killed 28-year-old Jennifer Siemiens.

Police arrived and discovered that Potter was carrying a loaded handgun in his back pocket, " I'm glad i didn't know that before hand , said Jasa.

Jasa says he reacted on instinct and he thinks he might have been a little more hesitant if he knew Potter had a gun.

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