Dec 17, 2014 3:19 PM

Kurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leave

The Associated Press

DOVER, Del. (AP) Kurt Busch testified Wednesday that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims the NASCAR driver assaulted her.

Busch's ex-girlfriend is seeking a court order directing him to stay away from her. He testified during a hearing on that request that Patricia Driscoll came to his motorhome uninvited and unannounced and demanded that he tell her son that their relationship was over.

Busch said while the two were in his bedroom, he again asked her to leave, for what he said was the 5th time.

"I took my hands and 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.

Busch also said Driscoll's testimony a day earlier included fabrications.

Busch also acknowledged sending a text to Driscoll hoping to talk to her almost a month after telling her their relationship was over.

Driscoll's attorney called Busch to testify just before a lunch break in Wednesday's hearing.

Driscoll, 36, testified Tuesday that 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.

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 Busch after the couple fought following a race in New Hampshire, one week before the Dover incident. She said Busch was drinking and struggling with depression. Driscoll said he also became violent after the New Hampshire race.

Defense attorneys said Busch told her then that their relationship was over, but that she refused to accept the couple had permanently split.


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