A police statement has been issued Friday regarding an allegation of potential domestic assault by Kurt Busch in Dover (Del.) against girlfriend Patricia Driscoll.
The news was initially tweeted by Associated Press reporter Jenna Fryer:
The Dover (Del.) Police Department has issued this statement:
The Dover Police Department can confirm that an investigation is being conducted based on an allegation of domestic assault that is alleged to have occurred in the City of Dover involving Mr. Busch. These allegations were brought to the Dover Police Department on Wednesday, November 5th at 2:00PM. At this time, the department is still investigating the victim’s claims and will not have any further comment on this matter in order to preserve the integrity of the case. The Dover Police Department will release further information as it becomes available. We appreciate the public’s and media’s patience in this matter and are confident that the department is taking the proper investigative steps to ensure the case is resolved appropriately.
NASCAR has issued this statement, attributed to Brett Jewkes, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer:
“NASCAR is aware of the investigation involving driver Kurt Busch. We recognize the seriousness of this matter and are actively gathering information from all parties, including law enforcement authorities and Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment further on this matter until we have more information.”
The Armed Forces Foundation has also ended its association with Busch, per a statement from AFF Chairman of the Board Pat LaFrieda:
“I want to, first and foremost, express the direct support from the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Foundation to Ms. Driscoll. For more than a decade, Ms. Driscoll has been a tireless worker and advocate for our nation’s service members, veterans, and military families. The Foundation will continue working to support service members, veterans, and military families and we ask that Ms. Driscoll’s privacy be respected.
Given the serious nature of the allegations, the Foundation has suspended its association with Mr. Busch.”
It has been a banner year for Busch on track, having been named Indianapolis 500 rookie-of-the-year after attempting to do the Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 double on Memorial Day Sunday. He has also won a race and made this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup in his first year with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Just yesterday, news of Busch running in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill road race in December was announced. He is due to race in the Race of Champions in Barbados in December as well.