WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Twenty-one-year-old open-wheel racer Davey Hamilton Jr. has been arrested on charges of false imprisonment and aggravated assault.
The son of former NTT IndyCar Series driver Davey Hamilton has been accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s West Palm Beach hotel room and holding her at knife-point, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Indianapolis Star.
Hamilton reportedly used a false identity to lure his ex-girlfriend to Florida, acting as a vodka company owner who wished to enlist her as a brand ambassador for the company. He then cornered his ex-girlfriend in the shower in her hotel room with a large knife, but she was later able to escape and seek help.
After fleeing the hotel, Hamilton was taken into custody by police and confessed to planning the meeting. He has been charged with two third-degree felonies and is being held on a $30,000 bail.
Originally from Idaho, Hamilton was scheduled to contest the full USAC Silver Crown Series schedule this season for his father’s racing team as part of a three-car squad alongside teammates Kevin Thomas Jr. and Jason Conn.
He also had plans to race the entire Robby Gordon Stadium Super Trucks schedule and was looking to finalize a program to return to the Indy Lights Freedom 100 in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Hamilton finished seventh in the 2018 Freedom 100 for Team Pelfrey.