Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

NASCAR CEO arrested for DUI, oxycodone possession

NASCAR CEO arrested for DUI, oxycodone possession

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Sag Harbor, NY, on Sunday night, according to a statement from police. Cops arrested France at 7:30 p.m., held him overnight, arraigned him morning, and released him on his own recognizance. There, officers conducted a field sobriety test, which France failed. Police said officers saw indications of intoxication and found pills during a subsequent search.

He even reportedly name-dropped President Donald Trump according to TMZ Sports and his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

Brian France also released a statement following his arrest: "I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night".

France has served as the CEO and chairman since the 2003 season and is the third de facto leader of the sport.

Yahoo Sports has reached out to NASCAR for comment. His grandfather, Bill France Jr., founded NASCAR in 1948.

TMZ said it got a statement from NASCAR on the incident, saying it was aware of it, gathering facts and that it "take [s] this as a serious matter".

The mandatory fine for aggravated driving while intoxicated is $1,000 - $2,500. Once he was transported to a nearby police station, France was booked on DUI and "possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree".

France was involved in a 2006 incident in Daytona Beach, Fla., when a police report stated he crashed his Lexus into a tree after entering a restaurant parking lot.

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