Charlotte Promoter Cleared of Tire Charge
KARNAC Staff Report
Charlotte County Motorsports Park promoter Bobby Diehl was cleared yesterday of charges he ordered tires buried on Charlotte County Airport property next to the speedway.
On October 30 Diehl was arrested on charges of violating Florida's litter law, as a result of an investigation by state environmental authorities (DEP). The state alleged that almost 7,000 pounds of tires found near the property leased by the Charlotte County Motorsports Park, were buried there on the orders of track promoter Bobby Diehl. The charge was a third degree felony for dumping more than 500 pounds.
Diehl had maintained all along that the employee who notified the state about the buried tires, had in fact buried them on his own. "He was instructed to put the tires inside of a trailer", Diehl said, "and made short work of it because it was easier to bury them than put them in the trailer." The area where the ex-employee buried the tires was in an area that was being excavated to use to build up the area in turn three known as "Memorial Hill", named for racer Hugh Murphy.
Diehl learned of the State Attorney's decision on Monday, and says he is now going to fully focus on the speedway's business, including opeing the new go-karting program in January.
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