Update (May 13, 2022): Daniel Dye’s felony battery charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor battery charge, according to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass. He has since been reinstated by ARCA.
Update (5:45 p.m. ET): Daniel Dye has since been suspended indefinitely by the ARCA Menards Series following his April 26 arrest. GMS Racing has also commented on the arrest, noting that it “is aware of the situation” and offering no further comment “until more information becomes available.” More on that here.
Daniel Dye was arrested in Volusia County, Fla., for felony battery on April 26, according to Volusia County arrest records and later confirmed by the Daytona Beach Police Department.
The ARCA Menards Series driver was arrested and released within approximately three-and-a-half hours that day.
Dye was released on a cash bond of $2,500.
According to the police report obtained by Frontstretch, Dye was attending class at Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach, Fla., on April 26. Around 2:50 p.m. ET, Dye began “dancing and grinding” next to a fellow student in the classroom.
His classmate reportedly attempted to stop Dye, who then, according to the report, allegedly “punched [his classmate] in the groin area.” The classmate fell to the ground in pain. He made it to the bathroom, where he had a “large bruise and his scrotum was swollen.”
Later, the student “was diagnosed with a possible ruptured testicle and referred to a urologist,” according to the report.
The student is pressing charges against Dye, who was taken into custody afterward.
Dye’s attorney told FOX Sports reporter Bob Pockrass that he expects Dye to be exonerated from these charges.
Dye atty Aaron Delgado: Once all the facts come to light, Mr Dye is going to be completely exonerated. It appears that this was people playing a game at the school and nothing more than that. The school is not taking any action and we don't think police involvement was warranted. https://t.co/ROxaTXhcl7
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 27, 2022
The 18-year-old Dye is running full-time in ARCA competition for GMS Racing. This season, Dye has two top fives, two top 10s and is second in the championship point standings.
Dye has one win in his ARCA career, coming in 2021 at Berlin Raceway.
Felony battery is classified as a third-degree felony in Florida punishable by up to five years in prison, five years of probation and assessed fines up to $5,000.00.
Neither Dye, GMS nor ARCA have commented publicly on the arrest at this time. Frontstretch has reached out to all three for further comment.
This story will be updated with further information.
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Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.
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Just lost your ride and your future. Good luck
Another kid with rich parents acting badly. Shocking!
I think that ruptured testicle could become better than finding a lotto ticket. Show them no mercy.
I’m sorry someone was hurt but I am somewhat selfishly glad Daniel is being punished. He has a reputation for being a jerk.
Agree with the other commenters to a point. There may be more to the story. Remember a couple of years ago one of the crew members on a team supposedly hit a woman working at a white water rafting place (can’t remember who). He was suspended and when the entire story came out it was apparent that it wasn’t as clear as it was first reported. He was cleared and reinstated at the end.
The allegations you are referring to is Chase Elliotts spotter Eddie D’Hondt.
He was “able to return to all NASCAR racing activities since he was indefinitely suspended from the sport in May.Jun 18, 2021”