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Retired NASCAR driver from Lehigh Valley and son charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Retired NASCAR driver and Pen Argyl resident Tighe Scott, and his son, were among four Pennsylvania men arrested Wednesday on charges related to their alleged roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Scott, 75, and his son Jarrett Carl Scott, 48, of Saylorsburg in Monroe County, both were charged with obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, both felony offenses. They also face five misdemeanor offenses, including disorderly or disruptive conduct.

According to court documents, the Scotts and two other Saylorsburg residents — Scott Slater Sr., 56, Scott Alex Slater Jr., 26 — were identified through body-worn camera and publicly available footage attending the “Stop the Steal” rally earlier in the day, and then making their way to the Upper Northwest Terrace of the Capitol building.

According to an arrest warrant filed in the case, the four men were seen yelling at officers who were attempting to clear rioters from the area. Slater Jr. picked up a flagpole and allegedly threw it toward the line, striking one of the officers, according to court documents. A few seconds later, he allegedly picked up an “AREA CLOSED” sign and threw that sign at the line of officers.

The four men stayed in the area despite “crowd control devices,” including a smoke grenade, and resisted and confronted police trying to clear the terrace, court documents allege.

About 45 minutes later, the Scotts and the Slaters confronted other police officers, and Tighe Scott allegedly struck riot shields and attempted to rip a riot shield out of an officer’s hands. At one point, Jarrett Scott approaches officers and mentions “Pence,” an apparent reference to Vice President Mike Pence, although documents do not detail what was said.

Slater Sr., holding a golf club, allegedly physically pushed and resisted against police shields. It is alleged that Jarrett Scott, also holding a golf club, physically pushed and resisted against police shields as well.

Read the criminal complaint against ex-NASCAR driver Tighe Scott and son in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Slater Jr. also allegedly resisted police officers, using his bodyweight to resist police, jabbing an officer with his elbow, charging at officers, and ripping a riot shield from an officer’s grasp, authorities said.

At one point, court documents allege, Tighe Scott was pushing against a riot shield when an officer “dislodges” him from the shield and Scott falls to the ground, knocking into his son in the process. Jarrett Scott yelled expletives at the officers.

Slater Sr. is charged with a felony offense of obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, and misdemeanor offenses. Slater Jr. is charged with three felony offenses, including obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a deadly or dangerous weapon, as well as five misdemeanors.

According to court documents, the FBI received a call in March 2022 from someone who said they personally knew Jarrett Scott. The FBI met with the tipster on October, where they provided additional details, including the name of Jarrett Scott’s wife. Using public Facebook posts on his wife’s page, the FBI was able to confirm Jarrett Scott was the person seen in the Jan. 6 footage.

The tipster also was able to help identify Tighe Scott, authorities said. According to the arrest warrant, the FBI received a call in January 2022 from someone who did not know Tighe Scott personally but knew he was a retired NASCAR driver. Tighe Scott has a “distinctive scar” on his chin that was used to identify him, authorities said, and the tipster who identified Jarrett Scott was able to identify Tighe Scott as grandfather to Jarrett Scott’s children.

According to the arrest warrant, the FBI interviewed the Slaters; Slater Sr. said he was on the steps but “didn’t observe any violence” and denied assaulting anyone. He identified himself and his son in the photos. Slater Jr. also confirmed he was at the rally, and said there was some “shoving” and that he and his father were pushed by officers.

After beginning his career in dirt track racing, Tighe Scott joined NASCAR from 1976 until 1982, recording multiple top 10 finishes.

Since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,400 individuals have been charged, including more than 100 from Pennsylvania and more than a half-dozen Lehigh Valley residents.

Source: Berkshire mont

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