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Kurt Busch assault investigation moves to prosecutors

Delaware police investigating assault allegations against Kurt Busch have submitted findings to prosecutors

Police in Delaware investigating allegations that NASCAR driver Kurt Busch assaulted his former girlfriend have forwarded their findings to state prosecutors, who will determine whether charges will be filed.

Dover police Cpl. Mark Hoffman told the Associated Press on Tuesday that they have finished their investigation, but did not say whether they were recommending that Busch be charged. The case is now in the hands of the Delaware attorney general's office, Hoffman said.

The allegations stem from an incident that allegedly occurred in Busch's motor home during a race weekend at Dover International Speedway in September.

Busch's ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, told investigators Busch choked her and slammed her head into a wall. Busch's attorney has denied the allegations.

"This allegation is a complete fabrication by a woman who has refused to accept the end of a relationship and Mr. Busch vehemently denies her allegations in every respect," said Rusty Hardin, Busch's attorney, in November.

Busch, 36, was the 2004 Cup series champion and has a history of run-ins on and off the track with other drivers and reporters, one of which earned him a $50,000 fine from NASCAR in 2011. Younger brother Kyle Busch also races in NASCAR.

Times staff writer Jim Peltz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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