Suspended NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch will not be charged for domestic violence in Delaware due to a lack of evidence.
On Thursday the Delware Department of Justice announced there was insufficient evidence to charge Busch with a crime. He had been accused of attacking former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll on Sept. 26 of last year. He allegedly had slammed her head against the wall of his motorhome.
The statement is below is from the Delaware Department of Justice:
The Delaware Department of Justice has carefully reviewed the complaint made of an alleged act of domestic violence involving Kurt Busch in Dover on September 26, 2014, which was reported to the Dover Police Department on November 5, 2014 and investigated. After a thorough consideration of all of the available information about the case, it is determined that the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime during the September 26th incident. Likelihood of meeting that high burden of proof is the standard for prosecutors in bringing a case. For this reason, the Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges in this case.
Busch was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Friday, Feb 20 prior to the running of the Daytona 500 when the Kent County commissioner’s office granted a restraining order for Driscol against Busch and ruled that it was more than likely that the 2004 Series champion had committed abuse against her.
Since his suspension Busch has appealed for reinstatement and now must follow a series directed plan of action. Regan Smith has driven his No. 41 Chevrolet SS in the first two races of the Sprint Cup Series season and will do so again at Las Vegas.