Veteran NASCAR spotter Eddie D’Hondt has been indefinitely suspended by Hendrick Motorsports after misdemeanor charges of assaulting a woman and battery against an unborn child became public on Wednesday morning.
D’Hondt, 62, currently serves as primary spotter of the No. 9 Chevrolet and reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott.
Catawba County arraignment records show D’Hondt having been arrested on May 12. The North Carolina Judicial Branch website shows D’Hondt scheduled for two court appearances on June 7 (battery of an unborn child) and June 30 (assault of a woman).
According to North Carolina statutes, battery of an unborn child is described as:
“G.S. 14-23.6. A person commits this offense, a Class A1 misdemeanor, when he or she (1) commits a battery (2) on a pregnant woman. This offense only applies to a battery—that is, the actual striking—not to an assault. It is a lesser-included offense of “Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury on an Unborn Child,” below. G.S. 14-23.6(a).”
An alleged victim(s) was not identified.
D’Hondt has worked two NASCAR weekends since his arrest at Dover International Speedway and Circuit of the Americas. D’Hondt is also the primary spotter of the JR Motorsports No. 7 with driver Justin Allgaier.
Hendrick Motorsports confirmed a suspension in a Wednesday statement.
“We became aware of the situation this morning and have immediately and indefinitely suspended Mr. D’Hondt. We are taking this matter very seriously and will continue to seek additional information about the alleged incident.”
The arrest could be a NASCAR rulebook violation of Section 12.8.1.d, which says a member “could be fined and/or indefinitely suspended” for “being charged with or convicted of a significant criminal violation.”
NASCAR suspended D’Hondt for a violation of Section 2.11.a of the sanctioning body’s rule book.
“Any NASCAR Member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR at [email protected] or visit reporting.nascar.com, prior to the next scheduled event of within 72 hours of being so charged, whichever is earlier.”
A veteran industry notable, D’Hondt previously served as general manager of Evernham Motorsports and worked as spotter for Bill Elliott, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon before pairing with Chase Elliott. He has worked at Hendrick Motorsports since 2011.
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