Former JP Motorsports crew member breaks jaw of team owner, police say
A former crew member of a NASCAR Xfinity Series race team was arrested Friday morning after getting into an altercation with the team owner at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, according to Dover police.
Lawrence Hayden, who was formerly a crew member of JP Motorsports, was arguing with team co-owner Jerry Hattaway "over issues pertaining to Hayden’s employment with the team," Mark Hoffman, spokesman with the city police department, said (via a report from Delaware Online). Hattaway's jaw was broken in the altercation, police said.
The argument escalated to Hayden throwing punches at Hattaway in the infield of the speedway, leaving the co-owner with a broken jaw. Hattaway was then taken to the hospital to receive treatment on his injuries, according to Hoffman.
Per the report, Hayden, 33, was arrested without incident and charged with one count of second-degree assault. He was given a $500 secured bail.
NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Hayden, according to ESPN, but did not comment further.