Patricia Driscoll has been granted a no-contact order against former boyfriend Kurt Busch, forbidding the former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion from approaching or contacting her.
That decision was handed down today in Kent County (Del.) Family Court, after four days of testimony in November and December. Driscoll testified that Busch grabbed her by the throat and repeatedly smashed her head against the wall of his motorhome at Dover International Speedway last September. Busch has denied those allegations, characterizing Driscoll a vindictive ex-lover unwilling to accept the end of their relationship.
Driscoll’s attorney, Carolyn McNeice, confirmed the ruling in an email to Delaware’s News Journal today, saying, “We are pleased that the court ruled in our favor. Ms. Driscoll can now know that she will not receive any unwanted communications from Mr. Busch and feel that she is safe after nearly 5 months,”
Additional details are expected when Commissioner David Jones’ full opinion is released Friday.
In addition to the no-contact order, Driscoll has requested that Busch be ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and anger management assessment. There is no word on whether those requests have been granted.
Busch still awaits the results of a criminal investigation conducted by the Dover Police Department. The results of that investigation have been in the hands of the Delaware Attorney General’s office since December, with no decision yet announced. Busch Stewart Haas Racing team confirmed this week that a contingency plan is in place to replace Busch, if he is unable to compete in Sunday’s season opening Daytona 500.
Busch has not commented on today’s ruling.