• Apr 11th 2007 at 12:04PM
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Embattled NASCAR star Michael Waltrip has some new problems on his plate. According to Yahoo Sports, he has been charged with reckless driving and failing to report an accident. The charges resulted from an incident over the weekend where Waltrip's Toyota Land Cruiser hit a telephone pole and rolled over about a mile from his house. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel, crashed and then walked home early Saturday morning.

Police discovered the wrecked SUV and then tracked down the two-time Daytona 500 winner at his home, where he was quoted as saying he was embarrassed but glad he was unhurt in the incident. Police reported finding blood at the scene, but Waltrip apparently suffered only minor cuts and abrasions. Accordint to the authorities, they saw the SUV on its side, traced the plates and realized it was Waltrip's vehicle.

Waltrip's first season as a car owner running Toyotas in NASCAR has been a difficult one, to say the least. Illegal fuel additives found in his engine during the Daytona 500 led to a record fine of $100,000 and 100 drivers points in the championship standings. He hasn't even managed to qualify for any of the other five races since the 500. Driver Dale Jarrett has only made the field on provisionals for 5 of those 6 races and is currently 37th in the points. Teammate David Reutimann failed to make two races and is 43rd in the standings. And now, Waltrip has this matter to contend with. It simply hasn't been his year so far.

Thanks for the tip, TGM3!

[Source: Yahoo! Sports]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Another Toy Lame Bruiser wrecked and off the road. That's reason enough to celebrate.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Too bad he wasn't driving the Tacoma. Because according to the commercials it's indestructible would just roll back over onto it's wheels and he could drive away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fell asleep at the wheel, riiight...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seems that Mikie is taking a page out of a MA Senator's playbook - good news, no one was killed.

      It is so unlike Mikie after a crash to not want face time with the camera to thank his various sponsors! And with each off track adventure the line between NASCAR and WWE continues to blur just a little more.

      Not only is his Toyota project an embarrassment, his early morning exploits will soon make him fodder for Entertainment Tonight - look what that has done for Paris Hilton.

      IMHO - Mikie was not dazed and confused, he just thought the brisk walk home in his socks might sober him up!
      • 8 Years Ago
      How come it took from 3 AM to 8 PM for the police to find him. Was it time for the spin docters to work up a story and him to sober up?
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's what you get for making a deal with the devil, Mikey.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let me start by saying I am NOT a fan of Michael. That is also to say... I like him... um... OK. So I do NOT have a dog in this fight... to have Michael's back on this one.

      Importantly: I do NOT know what it is like to have an automobile accident like his. And, I am not one believe everything I hear.

      But... I will say this: As a former college football player I had more than a fair share of concussions... and I have been around a WHOLE BUNCH of people who have had as many as me... all toll… I’ve probably witnessed as many as 40 between us all.

      What I WILL say is this… I never talked to a guy with a concussion that has done, acted, thought… or even communicated in a way that didn’t (then) sound EXACTLY like what the witness said Michael did.

      Once when playing UNC in Chapel Hill, my roommate at the time (fullback) took a shot to his ear-hole… and he thought we 'WOULD BE STANDING IN LINE to ride MAGIC MOUNTAIN... for too long and wanted to leave.' We hid his helmet.

      The fact he walked away slowly, wasn’t engaging… didn’t really respond, and was SHOWERING OUTSIDE… is EXACTLY the way someone acts when they 'take one to the head for the team.'

      So let’s be careful on this one. Because, to me that sounds far more like someone with a concussion… and far less than someone who’s drunk.

      And, that is the truth.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Could have been a ball joint or faulty tie rod. Might not have happened if he were driving a Tahoe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've been involved in a crash recently. One could easily get knocked loopy and walk away from the wreck. I believe the witness thought someone could have been killed in the crash. Unless you were there and speaking to Michael, leave it alone.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is not the pole position Michael Waltrip had in mind given his on-track problems.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mikey ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Been an idiot all his life. So, what's new.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Give the guy a break ! His jackman passed away after surgery for a torn aorta at his home the day before. Drivers also work horendous hours and travel horendous miles to promote races for our enjoyment. If you want to help-shorten the driving season and require down time every so often for the drivers and crew!!!!
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