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Former Craftsman Truckster Fike appears in court on drug charges

LEBANON, Ohio -- Former NASCAR driver Aaron Fike appeared in Warren County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday on charges stemming
from his arrest in an amusement park parking lot with what police
said was heroin and drug tools.

Fike, 24, of Cornelius, N.C., did not enter a plea, and no trial
date was set, Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said. Fike
remained free on an own-recognizance bond.

The charges stem from his arrest July 7, when police responded
to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at Kings
Island amusement park. Police said they found Fike and a female
companion in the vehicle with bloody napkins, syringes, a spoon and
black tar heroin.

A grand jury indicted Fike on charges of possession of heroin, a
felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor,
Hutzel said.

Cassandra Davidson, 21, also of Cornelius, N.C., bypassed the
grand jury and pleaded guilty to the same charges Aug. 23, Hutzel
said. Her sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 11.

Fike, who drove the No. 1 Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing in
the Craftsman Truck Series, ranked eighth in the point standings at
the time of his arrest. The team replaced him, and he was suspended
by NASCAR.