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ARCA driver Daniel Dye faces third-degree felony battery charge

VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLA. — ARCA Menards Series driver Daniel Dye was booked into jail Tuesday afternoon on a felony battery charge.

Dye was arrested on a third-degree felony battery charge, per Florida statute 784.041(1). The statute details:

(1) A person commits felony battery if he or she:
(a) Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; and
(b) Causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.

A charging affidavit alleges Dye was dancing with his groin near the victim’s face. The victim allegedly tried to push Dye away, which is when Dye punched him in the groin. The victim suffered a possible ruptured testicle.

According to Volusia County records, Dye was arrested around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, and was booked into jail around 5 p.m. A $2,500 bail was posted and he was released from jail around 7:33 p.m. Tuesday.

Dye’s first court appearance, set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, was cancelled and has yet to be rescheduled. He was set to face Judge Linda L. Gaustad in the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

A third-degree felony battery charge, if convicted, carries a maximum of five years in prison, five years’ probation and a $5,000 fine. If convicted, a judge is required to issue a sentence of at least 19-36 months in prison.

Daniel Dye is scheduled to run the full ARCA Menards Series schedule in a No. 43 GMS Racing Chevrolet. Dye is currently second in points, one point behind Rajah Caruth, after three races.

Dye has one career ARCA Menards Series win, at Berlin Raceway in July 2021.

GMS Racing statement on Daniel Dye:

GMS Racing is aware of the current situation surrounding Daniel Dye. Daniel and the Dye family are cooperating with local law enforcement. No further comment will be made on the subject until more information becomes available.

ARCA announced Dye has been indefinitely suspended due to violating section 12.8.1.E.2 of their rulebook, a section outlining behavioral guidelines.

The Racing Experts reached out to ARCA Menards Series officials but they have not responded yet.

SOURCE:
Volusia County Public Records

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