NASCAR fan who climbed fence during race convicted
Interrupting a NASCAR race by climbing a fence will get you one month in jail.
The intoxicated fan who climbed atop a fence in the middle of a NASCAR race was sentenced in Henrico County (Va.) court Thursday.
James Dennis, 53, was convicted of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and sentenced to 12 months in jail with all but one month suspended, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. He was also fined $100 for each of the counts.
A near-naked Dennis climbed the catchfence in Turn 4 during the Sept. 6 Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. He was sitting on the top of the fencing for several minutes as cars raced by at speed before officials displayed the caution flag. Eventually police and security guards were able to coax Dennis down, who was then cuffed and arrested.
“I am deeply in regret of what I did,” Dennis saidd two days after his arrest. “I want to apologize to everyone. It was just stupid.
“I got hung up in the moment. Cool race. I guess we never grow up.”
Dennis will serve his one-month sentence on the weekends, according to his lawyer.