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Sodar
04-12-2007, 02:55 PM
I am soooo not the one to jump to conclusions, but this seems a little fishy to me..... just saying!!
Michael Waltrip has been charged with reckless driving and failing to report an accident after hitting a telephone pole and rolling his car about a mile from his home over the weekend.

Waltrip, who suffered scratches to his arms, hands and face and cuts on his finger, said he fell asleep at the wheel right before he wrecked his Toyota Land Cruiser early Saturday morning. He left the scene of the accident and walked the rest of the way home.

Police found him at his house about six hours after finding the car at the accident scene.

"I am really embarrassed about the accident, but I feel fortunate that I wasn't hurt," the two-time Daytona 500 winner said Tuesday.

"For 25 years I have had a great driving record. I consider myself to be a courteous and safe driver on public roads. I never expected to fall a sleep behind the wheel of a car."

Police said the accident happened before 2 a.m. when Waltrip lost control of his SUV while driving around a curve and overcorrected. His car rolled and hit a utility pole, said Sgt. Brian Sharpe of the State Highway Patrol in Catawba County.

The vehicle, which was on its side, was abandoned and there was blood in it when police arrived. Witnesses reported seeing the driver crawl from the car and leave.

"He left the scene," Sharpe said. "We got the plate number, realized it was him and tried to locate him."

An attempt to locate him that morning was unsuccessful, but police reached him the next day. Waltrip was not arrested.

It's the latest troubles for Waltrip, who is having a horrendous first season as a car owner.

He was caught cheating during Daytona 500 preparations when NASCAR found a fuel additive in his engine, and was docked a record 100 driver points. His crew chief was fined a record $100,000 and suspended indefinitely, as was his competition director.

Meanwhile, he has failed to qualify for the five races since the 500.

Monte
04-12-2007, 02:59 PM
I am soooo not the one to jump to conclusions, but this seems a little fishy to me..... just saying!!

I would agree with you Sodar.... :confused:

ski_king
04-12-2007, 02:59 PM
and I thought it was illegal to leave the scene of a accident and/or not report a accident in most states.


On the other hand, he fianlly got a Toyota going fast enought to roll one over.

sanjuan23
04-12-2007, 03:00 PM
Fishy???? Whatever could you mean? Dont you normally fall asleep in your jami's behind the wheel not wearing any shoes?

Monte
04-12-2007, 03:03 PM
Fishy???? Whatever could you mean? Dont you normally fall asleep in your jami's behind the wheel not wearing any shoes?

Where did you see that he was in his jamis and barefooted??:confused:

sanjuan23
04-12-2007, 03:05 PM
There was another story on my yahoo about it this morning lemme see if I can find it.... Hang on

sanjuan23
04-12-2007, 03:06 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/news?slug=ap-nascar-waltripaccident&prov=ap&type=lgns

trickskier
04-12-2007, 03:07 PM
Wrecking is nothing new for Mikey..............

Sodar
04-12-2007, 03:09 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/news?slug=ap-nascar-waltripaccident&prov=ap&type=lgns


Witness: "I didn't think anybody was alive in there" after Waltrip accident

Witness: "I didn't think anybody was alive in there" after Waltrip accident
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The witness who discovered [URL="http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/nextel/drivers/19/"]Michael Waltrip (http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/photo?slug=12149a14350649b38427c5b4b9f3ce85.nascar _waltrip_accident_auto_racing_nyol522&prov=ap)'s overturned car initially thought no one survived the accident until the NASCAR driver wiggled out the back window.
The witness, an 18-year-old college student at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, requested anonymity during a phone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press for fear of reprisal from Waltrip's fan base.
But she said she lives near the two-time Daytona 500 winner in Sherrill's Ford, and stumbled upon the accident when she was returning home around 2 a.m. Saturday. She saw an overturned Toyota Land Cruiser in a ditch and rushed over to check on the occupants. She didn't see anyone in the car and no one answered her shouts, so she called 911 for help.
``After I got off the phone I was walking around the car again and somebody stuck their foot out the back driver side of the window,'' she said. ``That's when Michael Waltrip got out. He wiggled out the back window. I knew immediately it was him. He just got out the back driver side window and stood up.''
The witness said she asked Waltrip how long he'd been in the car and he told her about 10 minutes.
``He was bleeding from his forehead and had some cuts on his fingers and arms,'' she said. ``I told him `You are really lucky you are alive. I didn't think anybody was alive in there.' We sort of talked for a minute or two, and I told him 911 was on the way, and he just turned around and started walking home.
``I didn't know what to say or what to do. He had a T-shirt and sweat pants and socks on, he might have taken his shoes off in the car, but I wasn't sure. And he just turned around and started walking home in his socks.''
Waltrip was charged Saturday evening with reckless driving and failing to report an accident, both misdemeanors. He told police he fell asleep the wheel and woke up to find his car overturned in the gravel.
Waltrip has a May 14 court date in Newton on the charges.
NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said NASCAR would talk with Waltrip on Friday in Texas.
Waltrip had a scheduled interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, but a representative, Brooke Hondros, canceled it, saying Waltrip wasn't feeling well.
But in an interview with The Charlotte Observer, he said he was embarrassed for leaving the scene.
``I just feel stupid,'' he told the newspaper. ``I feel like an idiot because this one is all me.''
State trooper B.L. Buchanan said he arrived on the scene to find the wrecked SUV -- which had also hit a telephone pole -- but no Waltrip. He said he went to Waltrip's home to speak to him around 3 a.m., but was unsuccessful in locating the driver.
Hondros said Waltrip was showering in his pool house and didn't hear the police when they arrived.
Buchanan said his shift ended at 5 a.m., and he finally made contact with Waltrip at 8 p.m. Saturday when he returned to duty and Waltrip called him. The officer met him at Waltrip's home and issued the citation.
Waltrip told The Observer alcohol did not contribute to the accident.
``I didn't go home to avoid anything,'' he said. ``I just went there trying to figure out what to do.''
Waltrip is having a rough first year as a car owner.
He was caught cheating during Daytona 500 preparations when NASCAR found a fuel additive in his engine, and was docked a record 100 driver points. His crew chief was fined a record $100,000 and suspended indefinitely, as was his competition director. Meanwhile, he has failed to qualify for the five races since the 500. Dale Jarrett (http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/nextel/drivers/5/), who drives one of Waltrip's cars, has needed a provisional to make five of the six races this year and is currently 37th in the points. David Reutimann (http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/nextel/drivers/416/), his other driver, has failed to make two races and is 43rd in points.
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JKTX21
04-12-2007, 03:19 PM
He seems like a nice enough guy, but he sounds like he's on the Britney Spears path.

WOOOOOOOOO, all of the people in town will be at NASCAR this weekend!

Monte
04-12-2007, 03:24 PM
Very suspicious... IMHO You realize anyone lesser would have had to post bond by now.... "trying to figure out what to do." "In the shower when they came" Uh yeah......

trickskier
04-12-2007, 03:51 PM
Very suspicious... IMHO You realize anyone lesser would have had to post bond by now.... "trying to figure out what to do." "In the shower when they came" Uh yeah......
Buffy was probably nursing his wounds..............LOL

Monte
04-12-2007, 03:58 PM
I'd bet $$$$$ those ten minutes he was in the car were spent on the phone with a lawyer. Oh well, Trick you are right Buffy was probably nursing him back to sobriety, uh I mean health......

mitch
04-12-2007, 04:00 PM
Al-ca-hall

trickskier
04-12-2007, 04:08 PM
Al-ca-hall

Agreed.............:friday:

Upper Michigan Prostar190
04-12-2007, 04:10 PM
Oh come on guys, quit that!:rolleyes: He was probably cooking breakfast, realized he was out of pancake mix, and hoped in the car to get some and fell asleep on the way.:cool: