Former NASCAR driver Tighe Scott and three other Pennsylvania men face charges stemming from the Capitol riot
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Former NASCAR driver Tighe Scott and three other Pennsylvania men face charges stemming from the Capitol riot

Retired NASCAR driver Tighe Scott, his adult son and two other Pennsylvania men face criminal charges stemming from confrontations with police during the Jan. 6, 2021, siege of the Capitol.

Scott, 75, of Pen Argyl and three Saylorsburg residents — Jarret Scott, 48; Scott Slater Sr., 56, and his son Scott Alex Slater Jr., 26, were arrested Wednesday by the FBI. Court records did not list attorneys for either man, and prosecutors said Thursday they did not know whether either man had retained lawyers.

Tipsters helped identify the men after authorities posted photos and videos of the riot online, including one who recognized Tighe Scott from his racing days.

According to the release, four men entered the restricted area of ​​the Capitol during the insurrection and physically clashed with police trying to hold the line of protesters. Authorities said that at that time, Tighe Scott struck police shields and tried to pull one of the officer’s hands away, while the two Slaters – both holding golf clubs – pressed against police shields and resisted.

According to the release, when the officer pushed Tighe Scott away from him, Scott stumbled backwards into his son, who then began shouting profanities at the officers. Meanwhile, Scott Slater Jr. he threw a flagpole and a “Closed Zone” sign at the officers, investigators say.

Tighe Scott and Jarret Scott have been charged with two felonies – obstructing law enforcement during a public nuisance and assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers – as well as five misdemeanors.

Scott Slater Jr. charged with three counts: obstructing law enforcement during a civil disturbance, assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers, and assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers with a deadly or dangerous weapon. His father was charged with obstructing law enforcement during the riot, and both Slaters were charged with several misdemeanor charges.

Tighe Scott competed in off-road racing before moving to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He didn’t win any races, but he had multiple top-10 finishes and raced in the Daytona 500 several times.