Report: Roger Penske's sons arrested

Updated: August 9, 2012, 4:17 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two sons of NASCAR and IndyCar team owner Roger Penske were arrested Thursday for an alleged break-in at the Nantucket Yacht Club after two women claimed they were assaulted in the club's parking lot, according to a report in The Inquirer and Mirror of Nantucket.

According to the newspaper, Jay Penske, 33, the CEO of the digital media company PMC who owns the IndyCar racing team Dragon Racing, and his brother Mark Penske, 35, were arrested just before 2 a.m. Thursday on South Beach Street.

According to a police report, the incident initially was reported as an assault and battery when two women approached police on Broad Street, claiming they had been assaulted by two men, later identified as the Penske brothers.

The newspaper reported that one of the women claimed the Penske brothers were urinating in the parking lot, and when she confronted Jay Penske, he "turned and continued to urinate on her boots.''

The woman also alleged Jay Penske grabbed her arm and pushed her, and that Mark Penske pushed her before running away.

Both men then ran to the house on Yacht Club property, the report stated.

The newspaper said police claimed they apprehended Jay Penske attempting to run away from the club, and that they found Mark Penske at the employee apartment after he had fallen down the staircase, suffering several cuts on this right arm.

"There were three people living in the apartment and only two saw the suspects enter the house and they got startled when they were confronted," according to the report.

The Penskes are not members at the Nantucket Yacht Club, according to staff at the club.

The women later told police they did not wish to press assault and battery charges, according to the report written by officer John Muhr, a 20-year veteran of the Nantucket Police Department.

The brothers reportedly spent the night in the Nantucket Police Department's lockup facility, and were arraigned Thursday morning on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a misdemeanor.

Both were released on personal recognizance with pretrial hearings set for Aug. 20.

Their parents, Roger and Kathy Penske, own a waterfront home on Nantucket in Pocomo.

Roger Penske owns Penske Racing, which recently fired suspended Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger for violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy.

David Newton | email

ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter

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