Eric Deters, Kentucky governor candidate, charged after chasing nephew who flipped him off

Eric Deters, Kentucky governor candidate, charged after chasing nephew who flipped him off
Published: Oct. 20, 2022 at 12:41 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (ENQUIRER) - Republican candidate for governor Eric Deters has been charged with menacing and harassing communications related to a truck chase after a teenage nephew flipped him off near a family farm in Northern Kentucky, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

According to the criminal complaint and citation filed in the case, Deters on Oct. 3 allegedly chased the nephew with his truck throughout the Kenton County farm belonging to his brother and then sent harassing voicemails and texts to his sister-in-law.

Deters is charged with one count of menacing and two counts of harassing communications, both Class B misdemeanors, along with third-degree criminal trespassing, the Enquirer reports. His arraignment in Kenton District Court is scheduled for Nov. 9.

Deters, a suspended attorney, filed to run for governor as a Republican late last year. He regularly posts videos on political topics and criticizes opponents on his “Bulldog Report” YouTube show. He also attended political fundraisers at the Kentucky Derby and former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate in hopes of winning his endorsement.

Despite those efforts, Trump ultimately endorsed one of Deters’ Republican opponents — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Deters did host a well-attended political rally at his farm this summer featuring speeches from two of Trump’s adult children.

According to a police affidavit, Deters chased his nephew’s truck for over a mile through the farm after the juvenile gave him the middle finger. During the chase, his nephew called his father, who then called 911, the affidavit says.

Officers spoke with a witness on the property who saw Deters’ pickup following his nephew’s at distances of as little as two feet and observed video showing Deters chasing the truck, the Enquirer writes.

The younger Deters, who admitted giving his uncle the bird, said he “purposefully drove past security cameras on the property for his own safety as he was being chased.”

The affidavit goes on to say that police later spoke to Deters at his residence, where he “corroborated” his nephew’s version of events.

Deters allegedly told officers his nephew was “lucky he didn’t get his — kicked” and used a derogatory term for cowardice to describe family members and used a slur for gay people.

Deters told police his intent was to “scare the —- out of” his nephew and that he succeeded, according to the documents.

The complaint goes on to describe Deters’ ensuing communications with his brother and sister-in-law, Jeremy and Julie Deters.

In a voicemail and texts, Eric Deters repeatedly questioned the sexuality of his brother and nephew and warned that if his nephew flipped him off again he “will kick his —.”

Deters’ brother said that he and his father had both told him in April 2020 that he was not allowed to be on the farm property where the chase occurred.

In two statements filed by Eric Deters responding to the complaint, he again questions his brother’s sexuality and uses another derogatory term for his sister-in-law, while claiming he was never prohibited from the farm property. Deters also stated that he never rammed or touched his nephew or his truck.

The Kenton County officer stated that Deters was not lawfully on the property, his communications served no legitimate purpose other than to “harass, annoy, and alarm” his sister-in-law, while chasing his nephew’s truck at a close distance placed him “in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury and his statements indicate he intended to place (him) in such fear.”

Asked to respond to the new charges, Deters sent The Courier Journal a video of his Oct. 7 “Bulldog Report” video titled “I Don’t Take Crap From Punks or Anyone!” in which he recounts the incident and repeatedly insults his relatives, though he deleted it shortly after. He then sent a new 20-minute video recounting the incident and his estrangement with his family members, saying “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Last year Deters was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon when he allegedly had a loaded pistol in his carry-on luggage while going through security at the Cincinnati airport.

According to court documents in that case, Deters attempted pretrial diversion but was unsuccessful due to never turning anything in to court officials. A hearing in that case is scheduled for December.

Deters is also in litigation against former Trump aide Corey Lewandowski and his attorney Chris Wiest, involving a dispute over a contract to provide campaign consulting.

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