Dramatic 911 Call Played For Jury In Deadly L.I. Road Rage Trial

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBS 2) — A stunning 911 call is at the center of a dramatic road rage trial in Nassau County.

CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan has the exclusive audio from before and after the deadly May 2009 encounter.

Jurors were riveted as a dramatic and emotional 911 call was played in the manslaughter trial of accused road rage suspect Evan Potts.

Potts, a 5-foot-8, 140-pound Queens College student, dialed for help from his rented Nissan. Potts claimed he was pursued by a yellow Porsche through the streets of Long Beach.

The Porsche was driven by 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ian Sharinn, who exited his vehicle to confront Potts after Potts cut him off at an intersection.

The jury could hear the chaos in the call.

“Now what the [expletive] are you going to do?” Sharinn is heard saying.

“Oh my God!” said a bystander.

“Sit your [expletive] [expletive] down, dude!” a bystander shouted at Potts.

“I didn’t mean to do that!” Potts responded.

“You killed him!” the bystander said.

The victim’s family said the call clearly proved intention, recklessness and guilt.

Potts, though, said he was pursued and tracked by an angry, vengeful driver after he’d accidentally cut him off. Potts said Sharinn hit and kicked his rental car and boxed him in, and he panicked.

“The witnesses have said he tailgated him for blocks,” defense attorney Stanley Kopilow said. “What was going through Evan’s mind when that man in that Porsche was in his rearview mirror for block after block, and then the man gets out?”

Witnesses described how Sharinn seemed to be sucked under the car, his head slammed into the pavement and the Nissan drove over him.

A five-and-a-half-hour videotape was being entered into evidence that apparently shows Evan Potts telling a detective, “I saw an opening to escape. I gunned the accelerator. He jumped in front of me.”

Evan Potts was released on bail for the duration of the road rage trial. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • unfortunate

    It is truly unfortunate that this situation arose. Evan seems like he was terrified and, seriously, who can blame him? If I was in his position i’d be terrified as well. Both the audio and coverage of the trial seems to show that he had no intention of hurting this man, he was simply trying to get away from the situation. Ian’s family ought to focus on moving past this terrible situation and mourn the loss of a loved one, not transform that loss into anger and the destruction of another life. One loss is more than enough, don’t ruin Evan’s life as well. I hope the jury reaches a just decision… best of luck, Mr. Potts.

    • Heh

      Ian Sherrin’s last words:


      Great way to exit, big guy.

  • Sounds like he deserved it

    The Sharrins must be devastated to know that if their relative wasn’t a hot-head and had kept on driving instead of tried to threaten another, he’d still be alive.

  • Innocent

    The fact is that Potts, a young kid standing at only 5′ 8″ was attacked by this so called “gentle giant”. After his life was threatened, he tried to escape and unfortunately this guy Ian never learned not to jump in front of cars. Sending Potts to jail a single hour would be a huge injustice. I think Ian’s family has to concentrate on morning the lose of a family member and not trying to destroy an innocent kids life. If Ian wasn’t such a hot heading jerk, he might be alive right now.

  • Matt McKasty

    Look at line 8. Directly from the NYDMV


    When confronted by an aggressive driver:

    Avoid eye contact.

    Stay calm and relaxed.

    Make every attempt to get out of the way safely. Do not escalate the situation.

    Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up or attempting to hold your position in your travel lane.

    Wear a seat belt and encourage your passengers to do the same.

    Ignore harassing gestures and name calling, and do not return them.

    Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate law enforcement authorities by providing a vehicle description, location, license plate number, and direction of travel.

    If you are being followed by an aggressive or threatening driver, do not stop or get out of your vehicle. Drive directly to the nearest police station.

    If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash, stop a safe distance from the crash scene. When the police arrive, report the driving behavior you witnessed.

  • chris

    All this was, was some hot head being all tough in his expensive sports car trying to scare a young guy and decides to endanger his and evans lives. Then does the stupid thing and jumps in front of a moving car. EVAN IS INNOCENT

  • The Facts

    The arrest is questionable and the prosecutor”s decision to pursue the charge in court is even more questionable. Is there something else here that we don”t know? Hope the jury renders a just decision.

  • HayNow

    Is there no such thing as the right to self defense in Nassau County. From what I understand Potts drove away from Sharinn twice, Sharinn ran a red light and chased him, until Potts was boxed in, then he dialed 911. Those are not the actions of an aggressor. Hopefully the jury will acquit this guy and deal a loss to a horrible DA.

  • Defense Argument

    He did not run him over….the gas pedal got stuck.


    So what does the prosecutor think???? A 6’5″ man is simply wanting to stop 5’8″ Potts and have a meaningfull dialouge? No he was going to pull him out of the car and pulverize him…………….What an absolute waste of taxpayers dollars. This kid was put into a life or death situation by Sharinn. By being a bully he lost his life…………….

  • Realist

    Sharinn was clearly the aggressor, nobody to blam but himself. He died of his own hand

  • Datsun 280Z

    A stock Nissan beat a Porsche? The underdog wins!

  • Taquan

    Was the Porsche driver Jewish? Them people always like to showoff their expensive sport cars.

    • g carlson

      yeah i agree with you

    • David Goldstein

      You are a racist and a bigot.

      • LOL

        Coming from “David Goldstein.”

        Judaism is not a race, its a religion. Taquan’s comment is generalistic and a show of ethnicism.

        Show me where Jewland is on the map please.

        Do you need me to teach you how to read Hebrew as well?

    • Idiot

      Yeah, and people named Taquan like to kill people for shoes.

  • DanTe

    Stupid pott head can’t drive and should not be on the roads. Put it away and stop it from annoying people.

  • NYC

    I really hope that the jury see that Potts was bullied, was scared and confused as this monster charged at him.This monster caused his own deathl

    • g carlson

      i would have done the same thing, in fact i might have backed up and drove over him a few more times, and i’m serious about that.

  • FinallyCommon Sense

    I didn’t hear the audiotape and don’t need to. If you’re driving a yellow Porsche, you’re probably a pretentious, smug jerk who is used to getting your way. Somebody cutting you off would probably get you enraged and make you do something dumb like get out of your car to confront someone that made an honest mistake.

    It was an accident. This guy should never have been charged let alone have gone to trial.

  • LikeItMatters

    You can clearly hear Sharinn near Potts’s car and provoking him. Sharinn is the idiot for thinking he’s such a badass that he was invincible and couldn’t possibly get hurt from jumping in front of a moving car.

    EVERYBODY has to deal with bad drivers, bad drivers included. Yes it was Potts’s fault for cutting him off, but to provoke him and make him panic? Sharinn caused his own death.

  • Anonymous

    “The victim’s family said the call clearly proved intention, recklessness and guilt.”

    No, the call clearly proved a genuine concern for his own life.

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