Police: Greenwood man who climbed NASCAR fence now facing charges


Dover Police received this photo via Twitter, allegedly of Greenwood resident John Infanti on the Delaware International Speedway turn 4 catch fence Sunday. (Submitted photo/Joshua Joyce)

DOVER — A 43-year-old Greenwood man was arrested after he climbed atop a fence during Sunday’s NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway, police said.

John Infanti was coaxed down from the perch above the Monster Mile track at approximately 4:58 p.m. and arrested by Dover Police after a quick confrontation, according to spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

DIS private security — Contemporary Services Corporation — responded to Mr. Infanti scaling the fence and were able to get him down as Dover Police officers awaited.

“While being taken into custody, Infanti refused to comply with officers commands, kicking one in the knee during the process,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

The officer who Mr. Infanti allegedly kicked did not suffer serious injuries, according to police.

Authorities believe Mr. Infanti was under the influence of alcohol at the time. The AAA 400 Drive for Autism race continued under a green flag during the alleged incident.

John Infanti

Pending charges included second-degree trespass, disorderly conduct, felony resisting arrest with force and offensive touching of a law enforcement officer.

He Mr. Infanti had not been arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court as of late Monday morning and remained in Dover Police custody.

Dover Police said the weekend was mostly uneventful from their perspective — three theft cases were investigated and an offensive touching complaint brought an arrest.

hree reported fights and five disorderly conduct calls yielded no arrests.

There were no injuries in a parking lot accident, Cpl. Hoffman said.

While police investigated several “complaints such as suspicious person/packages, intoxicated persons, possible trespass, etc.,” Cpl. Hoffman said, “most, if not all, were unfounded and resulted in little to no action.”

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