A Las Vegas man is facing a variety of charges including attempted murder, DUI and battery with a deadly weapon after he intentionally drove the wrong on the 215 beltway and caused a series of crashes.
And why did he do it?
Well according to Daniel Asseff, the ghost of Dale Earnhardt told him to.
According to KVVU, the 51-year old was in court today for a bond hearing when he gave the out-of-this-world explanation for his actions, saying that the Intimidator’s ghost told him to drive the wrong way on the freeway in order to get the mayor’s attention and bring NASCAR racing back to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt has, of course, been dead since his crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
And the NASCAR Cup Series is scheduled to run in Vegas on March 6, but the race was scheduled long before Asseff’s wrong-way ride, so it sounds like some wires got crossed between here and the afterlife.
Judge Ann Zimmerman noted that Asseff allegedly had heroine and methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash, which is probably a better explanation for the voices in his head – and his actions – than a message from Dale Earnhardt’s ghost.
Prosecutors asked Zimmerman to set Asseff’s bail at $200,000, but apparently that wasn’t enough for the judge, who ordered him held on a $500,000 bond and ordered him not to drive should he be released on bond.
Looks like Asseff won’t even be able to catch the race when NASCAR does actually return to Vegas.