NASCAR Chairman Brian France Arrested For DUI, Drug Possession

Brian France

Brian France

NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian Z. France was arrested Sunday night while allegedly driving under the influence and in possession of oxycodone in NY.

According to the news release, France was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, held overnight and arraigned Monday morning at the Sag Harbor Village Justice Court, where he was released on his own recognizance. Officers said a traffic stop followed and they discovered France was intoxicated.

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"We are aware of an incident that occurred (Sunday) night and are in the process of gathering information".

The France family is racing royalty - Brian's grandfather Bill France Sr. Trump initially took that endorsement as an endorsement of NASCAR while NASCAR spokespeople quickly had to clarify that France was making a "personal" endorsement of the then-candidate. Effective immediately, NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer.

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Additionally, police say, France was also allegedly found to be in possession of oxycodone pills. Tests showed France's blood-alcohol content was 0.18, police said. "We're focused on ruling and managing NASCAR".

The Washington Post suggests TMZ's BAC report is true, in that under NY state law, a DWI charge applies to BAC of.08 or higher, and Aggravated DWI applies to BAC of 0.18 or higher; France was charged with the latter.

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But a witness called 911 and gave police a statement that claimed she saw France driving at a "very reckless speed", and claimed France's auto hit the tree after hitting a parked vehicle. France told Daytona Beach police that he hit the tree when he was taking a drink of a soda.

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