Thursday, December 18, 2014

Busch Denies Assault In Delaware Court

Kurt Busch took the witness stand Wednesday in Day Two of a hearing in Kent County (Del.) Family Court, testifying that former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll fabricated an alleged assault in September of this year at Dover International Speedway.

Driscoll testified yesterday that the former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion grabbed her by the throat and repeatedly banged her head into the wall of his motorhome; an accusation Busch denies.

The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal says Busch testified that Driscoll came to his motorhome uninvited on the night of Sept. 26, demanding that he tell her then nine-year old son that their relationship was over. Busch said he asked Driscoll to leave a total of five times, then “took my hands… cupped her cheeks and I looked at her eye to eye and I said, 'You need to leave.'

“I was defusing the situation,” he said.

Despite a lengthy cross-examination by Driscoll's attorney, Carolyn McNeice, Busch was not specifically asked whether he smashed Driscoll's head against the wall. He said Driscoll's description of the incident included “fabrications,” and acknowledged sending Driscoll a text asking to speak with her, nearly a month after ending their relationship. 

Also called to testify Wednesday was Busch’s motorhome driver and personal assistant, Michael Doncheff, who said he believed Driscoll when she told him of the alleged Sept. 26 assault, despite having made several unbelievable statements in the past. Last fall at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Doncheff said Driscoll complained of muscle stiffness after being “slammed to the ground” while helping to detain illegal immigrants at the US/Mexico border, a story Doncheff called "far-fetched."

He also recalled an earlier dispute over sponsorship that prompted Driscoll to remark, “NASCAR is nothing. I take down foreign governments. I own Washington."
Doncheff testified that Driscoll once claimed to be “a trained assassin" for the U.S. government.
He said he was treated well by Busch, despite a sometimes volatile temper. Doncheff described Driscoll as "high maintenance," adding that Busch deferred most decisions to her.
No ruling was made on whether to grant Driscoll’s request for a no-contact order, the hearing was recessed until early January.

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