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NASCAR engine builders wife back in custody
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The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott is back in Dawson County Sheriff's Office custody.

Sheila G. Elliott, 63, was arrested June 2 for violating her court ordered conditions of release.

The initial arrest stems from an incident in which she reportedly attempted to run over her husband with a car on March 18.

Initially taken into custody on March 24, she appeared before Northeastern Judicial Circuit Judge Jason Deal on May 12, the same day he signed a consent bond and ordered her release on her "own recognizance," provided she check into and reside at a residential treatment facility.

According to court records, on June 1 she notified authorities of her intent to leave the residential treatment facility in Atlanta where she was ordered to remain as a condition of her release from jail on an aggravated assault charge.

"...defendant notified the district attorney's office and the Dawson County Sheriff's Office she was leaving said treatment facility and returning to Dawson County," the motion to revoke bond read. "Defendant did so without consent of all parties and did so with the knowledge she would be in direct violation of her bond agreement."

A motion to revoke her bond was signed June 2.

No one was hurt in the alleged attack in mid-March at the family's racing compound on Elliott Family Parkway.

According to the arrest warrant, the suspect over-revved the engine of her 2004 Mercedes Benz sedan and attempted to run her husband over with the vehicle, forcing him to climb "underneath a trailer for safety."

The nature of the argument that led to the alleged assault was not publically revealed.

"The marital issues that led up to it are not for us to discuss," said Capt. Tony Wooten at the time. "It's our job to investigate the alleged crime and that's what we've done and now she's arrested."

As a condition of the consent bond, she may have no direct or indirect contact with any victims or witnesses in the case. She also cannot go within 500 yards of their homes or places of business.

Revered as one of NASCAR's top engine builders, Ernie Elliott helped power his brother Bill Elliott to numerous victories over the family's 20-year collaboration, including his 1988 championship.

He also built the engine that holds NASCAR's Sprint Cup qualifying record. His engines have 39 wins, 148 top five's, 291 top 10's and 51 poles.

 

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