Kurt Busch will not face charges in domestic violence case

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 25 2014: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Made in America Chevrolet, stands with his girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Will Schneekloth/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 25 2014: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Made in America Chevrolet, stands with his girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Will Schneekloth/Getty Images)

The Delaware Attorney General’s office announced Thursday that no charges will be filed against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in a domestic battery complaint involving his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. The complaint was originally filed by Driscoll last November. Driscoll won a no-contact order involving Busch in a separate civil action in a Delaware court last month. Thursday’s decision had to do with criminal charges.

“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,” A Delaware Attorney General spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement. “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.”

NASCAR suspended Busch on Feb. 22 for an indefinite period after the commissioner in Delaware issued his brief concerning the issuance of a protective order filed that previous Monday. The judge’s brief stated that Busch indeed “committed an act of domestic violence” against his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll during an incident Sept. 26 at Dover International Speedway. The ruling also stated that Driscoll had “bruising and substantial and prolonged pain to her head, neck and throat.” MORE>>>

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