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Road rage incident on I-75 in Laurel results in arrest

From Laurel County Sheriff John Root -

Deputy Brent France Along with Deputy Hunter Disney, K-9 Deputy Jake Miller, Deputy Jamie Etherton, and Deputy Daniel Reed arrested 44 year old Nicholas Denkler of Irvington, KY on Sunday afternoon August 23, 2020 at approximately 3:34 PM on I– 75 at the KY 909 exit ramp. This was after deputies were dispatched to a non-injury traffic crash allegedly the result of a road rage incident along I– 75. Deputies were further advised that the drivers of both vehicles were verbally arguing and that possibly a weapon had been pulled.

Once on scene, deputies located a silver Camaro and a Tahoe apparently involved in the incident and the resulting traffic crash. An investigation was conducted and deputies learned that allegedly Denkler, driving the Camaro, stated that he let his anger get the best of him and was brake checking the Tahoe and attempting to run the driver of the other vehicle off the roadway. Deputies noted that Denkler had his 11-year-old son in the front passenger seat at the time.

The driver of the Tahoe stated that as he attempted to get off the interstate at exit 49 that Denkler sideswiped him causing severe damage to both vehicles including a guard rail there. Deputies learned that apparently the Camaro and Tahoe had encountered each other in the construction area of I-75 where the reduced speed of the Tahoe had angered the Camaro driver.

Nicholas Denkler was charged with two counts of wanton endangerment – first-degree; improper passing; failure to signal; failure to wear seat belts; reckless driving; careless driving; and failure to produce insurance card. He was lodged in the Laurel County correctional center and is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

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