Cape Coral woman accused of attacking restaurant workers, police while drunk

Published: January 25, 2023 12:46 PM EST
Clarella Nelson Potter, 81. Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office

An 81-year-old Cape Coral woman is accused of attacking restaurant employees and police while drunk on Tuesday night.

According to the Cape Coral Police Department, Calrella Nelson Potter was arrested after officers responded to a call for service from Fathoms Restaurant & Bar at 5785 Cape Harbour Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Potter was being combative with restaurant employees and was trying to punch them.

Responding officers arrived and spoke to Potter, who was visibly drunk. She was immediately uncooperative with responding officers as they attempted to locate a family member to take Potter home and care for her. Potter, in what CCPD called “an intoxicated rage,” grabbed one of the officers by the back of the neck and began slapping the other officers’ hands as she was being escorted to a quieter place in the restaurant. She was unwilling to give police her ID and became belligerent, screaming profanities and causing a scene.

While being placed in handcuffs, Potter began kicking officers, striking one “with full force” in the crotch. On the way to the Lee County Jail, she claimed that she would “kill” the arresting officer once she was out of handcuffs.

Potter faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer (three counts), intimidation – threat of death or serious bodily harm to a LEO, and disorderly conduct.