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Truck driver Fike, fiancee suspended after drug arrest

7/11/2007 - NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver
Aaron Fike and his fiancee, Cassandra Davidson, a crew member, were
suspended indefinitely Wednesday from NASCAR competition after
being arrested over the weekend on drug charges.

NASCAR issued the suspensions under the rule prohibiting actions
detrimental to stock car racing.

The two were arrested Saturday in the parking lot of Kings
Island amusement park north of Cincinnati after security officers
observed suspicious activity in Fike's sport utility vehicle and
found syringes and a brown substance believed to be heroin, police
said.

Both were charged with drug abuse, a felony, and possession of
drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. They had their initial court
appearance Tuesday in Mason, Ohio, Municipal Court.

Fike and Davidson were released after Fike entered a not guilty
plea to the misdemeanor charge and agreed to undergo drug and
alcohol evaluation, his attorney, Charlie Rittgers, said.

The trial on the misdemeanor charge was scheduled for Aug. 28,
and a preliminary hearing on the felony charge was set for July 19,
according to the court's Web site, which listed the same court
dates for Davidson.

Fike drove the No. 1 Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing and was
eighth in the point standings.