Ex-driver Mike Wallace testifies as alleged victim of assault

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace still suffers from black floaters in his right eye and still has problems with depth perception from injuries suffered in an alleged assault June 17 following a Rascal Flatts concert.

Wallace testified about his injuries Tuesday during the first day of trial for three men charged with misdemeanors assaulting him, his daughter and son-in-law. The men -- Paul Lucas, 29, Nathan Lucas, 24, and Randolph Mangum, 23 -- pleaded not guilty during the arraignment prior to the start of the trial.

The 57-year-old Wallace also suffered a broken tooth that he still needs to have replaced as well as lacerations in his mouth. His daughter in law Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden suffered a broken wrist and black eye.

On the stand for more than two hours, Wallace testified he doesn't remember the fight itself. He said he saw a man staggering by the bathroom and then later saw him arrive to a group across from his car. Wallace testified he told the group, "How'd you like the show?" and then when he saw the man, added, "Looks like your boy made it back." When told the man's mother was there, he said, "Hi, mom, how are you doing?"

According to Wallace's testimony, one of the other men cursed at him and said, "Get the hell out of here," to which Wallace responded, "What the hell is going on? What is wrong with you?" Wallace said the next thing he remembered was being hurt on the ground.

Under cross examination, the focus was on Wallace's actions that night. He said he had four drinks - two at dinner and two during the concert. He said he wasn't inebriated. He had taken anti-anxiety medication earlier in the day, medication that his prescription indicated he was not supposed to mix with alcohol.

Wallace was shown a video where he had trouble identifying people by faces but could make assumptions by physique and the color of clothing, which he said appeared to show him in the group getting punched. He testified he did not start the fight.

Another issue brought up by the defense was questioning Wallace about a 2007 assault charge, which Wallace said he was not familiar with and he was not familiar with a man named Timothy Wayne Coe. Court records show a 2007 assault charge that was later dismissed in North Carolina with Timothy Coe Wayne as the complainant against Wallace.

In other testimony, the arresting police officer indicated that he was told the men charged in the fight acted in self-defense. The police investigation report includes three additional victims, including people with the last name Lucas and Mangum.

Nicole Melton, a distant relative of Wallace who was at the concert but didn't know the Wallaces were there, testified about witnessing the commotion and seeing Wallace on the ground unconscious with a bloody face. She did testify that Wallace was "highly aggravated" after eventually getting up and going to the ambulance, stating that "we need to get that [expletive]," meaning the man whom he thought was involved in the fight.

The trial will continue Wednesday morning.