'70s NASCAR Driver and Son Arrested Over January 6 Capitol Riot

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More than three years have passed since the United States capitol was breached by supporters of multiple-time NASCAR race attendee and former President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021. Investigations and arrests continue, and one arrest filed on Wednesday stands out as particularly strange. Among the four men charged is 75-year-old former NASCAR driver Tighe Scott.

According to documents obtained by Fox 56, Scott was actually recognized by a tipster as a result of his NASCAR career. The tipster, called "person 2" in the document, reportedly saw a photo of Scott at the breach and sent the FBI a link to a Dirt Track Digest story about him in January of 2022. That led to his identification, and later his arrest.

In his racing days, Scott was a Pennsylvania-based dirt track driver who ran a substantial number of NASCAR Cup Series races in the late 1970s. Scott competed in 89 races from 1976 to 1982, earning three top-five finishes and 18 top-tens. He led seven laps over his seven-year career.


Now, the FBI alleges that 75-year-old Scott struck riot shields held by police during the breach and tried to wrestle one away. He is charged with two felonies and five misdemeanors, including a felony charge for "assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers." His son, Jarrett Scott, has also been charged with two felonies and five misdemeanors. The pair was also charged alongside Scott Slater Sr. and Jr., another father-son pair from Pennsylvania. All but the elder Scott Slater were charged with "assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers."

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