Kurt Busch called to testify at family court hearing, NASCAR driver was fighting alcoholism and depression when he smashed his then-girlfriend’s head into a wall in September, the woman told a family court in Dover, Del., on Tuesday.
Patricia Driscoll’s attorney called Kurt Busch to testify just before a lunch break in Wednesday’s hearing. It was not immediately clear whether Kurt Busch would testify or cite his Fifth Amendment right to keep his silence.
Driscoll, 36, testified Tuesday that Kurt Busch choked her and smashed her head into a wall inside his motorhome at Dover International Speedway in September, and that she still fears for her safety.
“I don’t know what he’s capable of doing,” she said.
Kurt Busch’s attorneys have denied the allegations, which are the subject of a separate criminal investigation by Dover police. They say a no-contact order is not needed.
Driscoll testified that she became concerned about Kurt Busch after the couple fought following a race in New Hampshire, one week before the Dover incident. She said Kurt Busch was drinking and struggling with depression. Driscoll said he also became violent after the New Hampshire race.
Defense attorneys said Kurt Busch told her then that their relationship was over, but that she refused to accept the couple had permanently split.