Within just a few short months Austin Stroupe rocketed back into the spotlight of the sport and then, almost as quickly as he returned, has disappeared. The former Supercross racer started with appearances at random East Coast independent events, then lined up for the AMSOIL Arenacross Series as a privateer before joining the Rockstar Energy FMC Racing OTSFF Husqvarna as a fill-in rider. Stroupe had success in the short stint with the Husqvarna crew, including a podium finish in Birmingham, but a few weeks ago word spread that he and the team had parted ways for unclear reasons.
Stroupe spoke on the matter with an appearance on the PulpMX Show on March 7th, where he stated that he was a bit overwhelmed by the return and voluntarily stepped away from the spot with the team midway through the year. In the same interview, Stroupe said he hoped to race again in some capacity.
On Monday afternoon, a member of VitalMX posted an arrest report and mug shot of Stroupe from the state of North Carolina dated March 10, 2016. According to the report, Stroupe was arrested in Wingate, North Carolina, and charged with a litany of offenses, including Failure to Maintain Lane Control (misdemeanor), Fictitious/Expired Registration Plate (misdemeanor), Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia (misdemeanor), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana Up To 1/2 Oz (misdemeanor), and Possession of Heroin (felony).
This is a major blow to Stroupe, not as a racer, but most importantly as a person. Rumors of drug use have long circled Stroupe throughout his career and his first disappearance from racing in 2011 only intensified the speculation. Sadly, this seems to confirm the matter.