• The classmate said Daniel Dye danced next to his face during the incident
  • Dye allegedly went up to the classmate from behind and punched his groin area
  • The teenage racer was arrested and faced felony battery charge

Teenage NASCAR driver Daniel Dye was arrested for punching a classmate in his crotch at a Florida private high school.

The classmate was taken to the hospital and reportedly diagnosed with a possible ruptured testicle.

Dye, 18, is a race car driver in the ARCA Racing Series and goes to Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach. He allegedly punched his classmate in the groin Monday and was jailed Tuesday on a charge of felony battery at the Volusia County Branch Jail, according to New York Post.

The classmate, who chose to remain anonymous, told cops that he was sitting in a chair when Dye approached him, according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE. The victim said Dye was dancing and grinding with his groin and the pelvic area near his head and face.

The classmate tried to push Dye away with his left arm. However, the teenage racer continued dancing and grinding near the boy’s face for about a minute, according to the police report. When Dye stopped, the victim thought the incident would end there.

Dye then approached the boy from behind and punched him in the groin area, leading to the victim falling to the ground in pain, the report stated. The classmate told cops his scrotum was swollen and bruised.

Following the incident, the victim said he drove back home and was taken to the hospital by his father. Doctors diagnosed him with a possible ruptured testicle. The victim was then referred to a urologist.

Dye was arrested Tuesday and faced a charge of felony battery. He was released six hours later after posting a bond of $2,500.

Dye drove the No. 43 Chevrolet for GMS Racing and raced full time in the NASCAR-owned ARCA Menards Series. He holds the second rank in the series standings after participating in three races in 2022, according to an ARCA Menards Series statement. He participated in a race last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway where he finished 17th.

He had finished third place in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway and, in the month of March, he came second at Phoenix Raceway.

In light of his arrest, GMS Racing released a statement acknowledging the incident.

The racer was also "suspended indefinitely from ARCA competition for a violation of the 2022 ARCA Rulebook Section 12-8.1.E.2, a behavioral penalty which references ARCA Member Conduct Guidelines," read ARCA's statement.

Dye’s lawyer Aaron Delgado reportedly said the incident was part of a game the high school students were playing and believes the teenager will be exonerated.

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