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Prosecutor: South Carolina man was drunk when pregnant Rock Hill woman and unborn son died in accident

More than two months after a pregnant Rock Hill woman and her unborn son were killed in a car crash in Chester County, charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash for driving under the influence of alcohol that killed both of them.

Arrest warrants were served Monday for Charles Sidney Jones III on charges of drunken driving resulting in death, causing the death of a child in the womb during the commission of a violent crime and drunken driving resulting in great bodily harm, according to court statements from District Attorney Randy Newman, the 6th District Attorney.

Kaitlyn Potter, 25, was six months pregnant when she died Oct. 25 on South Carolina 72 near the York County line, Newman said in court Monday.

Two of Potter’s other children, Jamison Johnson, 3, and Natalee Johnson, 5, were injured in the crash, Newman said. Jamison is still hospitalized in Charlotte, Newman said.

SC Highway Patrol officers served arrest warrants for Jones, 43, of Laurens, in Chester County Criminal Court on Monday. Jones was arrested earlier on Monday for injuries sustained in the crash. He appeared at the Chester County Courthouse on Monday in a wheelchair.

If convicted on all three counts, Jones faces up to 65 years in prison.

Prosecutor: Blood alcohol level more than three times higher than permissible

Jones had a blood-alcohol level of .277 after the crash, which is more than three times the legal limit in South Carolina, Newman said. The legal limit in that state is .08, Newman said.

Jones has previously been convicted of drunk driving, and Newman asked the judge in court not to grant Jones bail.

Steve Denton, a Spartanburg attorney representing Jones, said in court that the charges are merely allegations at this time.

Denton called for Jones to be released on bail so he could continue his rehabilitation after the accident.

Victim’s family speaks in court

On Monday, members of Potter’s family filled the courtroom in Chester. Several spoke about the incident, which has caused much pain to the family.

Sandra Potter, Kaitlyn Potter’s mother, said her daughter’s unborn child had no chance of life. The unborn boy was to be named Maverick, the family said.

“We will never know what he would have looked like,” Sandra Potter said in court.

The victim’s family is represented by Chester attorneys Everett Stubbs and Ryan Swancy. After Monday’s hearing, Stubbs and Swancy said the family was grateful that prosecutors and police had filed charges.

“This is the first step toward getting justice for Kaitlyn and her children,” Swancy said after the hearing.

What’s happening now?

Jones was taken to the Chester County Jail for booking, Judge Donald Hocker said in court.

Hocker has not yet decided whether Jones will be released on bail or remain in custody pending trial. A decision will be made later this week, Hocker said in court.