In his statement to authorities, Kasey Kahne’s brother Kale Kahne said he has reaching for his ID but that his brother didn’t have his because he’d just been in a car on the track. “He (Kasey) said. ‘I am going to walk to my motor home then,’” Kale Kahne wrote. “One guard got in front of Kasey and grabbed him and said that you are not going anywhere. …Kasey pushed his hands off of him. The guard lost balance and fell to the ground.”
Statements from four witnesses, all law enforcement officers, support Hutchinson’s accusations that Kahne was the aggressor.
Responding to the lawsuit filed today against Gillett Evernham Motorsports’ driver Kasey Kahne for an incident that occurred at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, Rick Russell, president of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, issued the following statement:
“Gillett Evernham Motorsports is a close family and Kasey Kahne is an integral part of our organization. The alleged action in this case is not consistent with the Kasey Kahne we know. It is unfortunate the issue has progressed to this point. We support our driver, Kasey Kahne, and have complete confidence in the legal process.”
Gillett Evernham Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne faces a Jan. 8 court hearing on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a confrontation with a security guard Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kahne is accused of pushing security guard Archibald Hutchinson after being asked to present a NASCAR credential. Kahne, wearing his driver’s uniform, was trying to enter the motor home compound at the track.
Hutchinson was treated and released from the track’s infield care center.
The maximum sentence for misdemeanor battery in Florida is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
A Miami law firm announced its plans Monday to file a lawsuit against a NASCAR driver accused of assaulting a 62-year-old security guard at the Homestead-Miami Speedway last month. Russell Dohan, an attorney with Goldberg & Dohan, said the lawsuit against NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne would be filed Monday in Miami. Kahne, 27, is charged with one count of battery against Archibald Hutchison, who was working as a security guard at the speedway for a race Nov. 16 when the incident allegedly occurred.
According to a Homestead police report, Kahne was attempting to access a restricted recreational vehicle parking lot on a golf cart after he finished driving his racecar when Hutchison stopped him and asked him for credentials. Kahne stated that he was a driver and didn’t need any, then got out of the golf cart and tried to walk through the gate, the report stated. When Hutchison blocked the entrance and asked Kahne for credentials again, Kahne pushed Hutchison to the ground, according to the report. The report said Kahne was stopped and detained by law enforcement officers who witnessed the incident. He was arrested later that day and released on the signed condition that he appears in court.
Hutchison, who was advised not to let any unauthorized people through gate 208 without exception, was treated at the speedway’s medical facility for minor bruises and abrasions, according to the report. Dohan said Hutchison hasn’t been able to return to work because of his injuries. Dohan said his client has suffered emotionally from the incident and is “getting killed” by NASCAR fans on Web site blogs. He also said he planned to have his client speak with the media about the lawsuit at a news conference planned for Tuesday.