Less than two weeks on the job and Edwardsville city councilman Chuck Stites is already being investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigations.
The councilman has been accused of shouting racial slurs at a teenage girl during a road rage incident that occurred on May 3rd.
“He had on his signal like he was going to turn right to where I was, so I proceeded to take my right and we almost collided because he continued to go straight,” Kali Chatmon, 17, told WDAF .
She said she felt bad for almost hitting the car and started apologizing. Unfortunately, that’s when things got ugly.
“He was just saying things like go back to Baltimore then he called me a black n***er b***h,” said Chatmon.
The upset teen told her parents about the altercation and was later able to identify the driver when she recognized the vehicle at a local bar and grille. A Bonner Springs police report was eventually turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, which said it could not comment on ongoing investigations.
In a statement to KSHB, Stites refused to say whether the charges were true.
“There’s an ongoing investigation,” Stites said. “It’s a misunderstanding. There’s a lot more to this story than is being told, and I think it would probably be inappropriate for me to comment much more until that investigation is complete.”
“I’m okay with somebody voicing their opinion,” he added. “That’s their right, and that doesn’t bother me at all. I have no intention of stepping down.”
Watch the video below from KSHB, broadcast May 27, 2015.