The press officer for Republican congressional candidate Bill Greene may face criminal charges after allegedly punching a pickup driven by the supporter of another candidate outside a Greene fundraiser Tuesday night, police said.
A Watkinsville police detective said Wednesday that Eric Spohn, 34, of Lawrenceville, may face criminal charges after hitting the back of a pickup driven by Brandon Phillips, 21.
Spohn acknowledged hitting the truck and offered to pay for the damage, but said he was acting in self-defense and felt his life was being threatened when Parker backed the truck toward him, according to a police report.
The confrontation happened at about 6:44 p.m., just before a fundraising dinner for Greene was scheduled to start in the Watkinsville Community Center, 191 VFW Drive.
Police said people at the fundraiser saw Phillips in a yard across the street putting up campaign signs for Jim Whitehead, one of Greene’s opponents in the June 19 special election to replace the late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood in the 10th Congressional District. Police identified Phillips as a Whitehead campaign volunteer.