NASCAR CEO Brian France arrested for DWI and drug possession


NASCAR CEO Brian France was arrested on Sunday in the Hamptons-area of NY for aggravated driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, authorities said. France, driving a 2017 Lexus, failed to stop at a stop sign and when pulled over it was "determined that Mr. France was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition". TMZ Sports reports France's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit of 0.08.

According to the release, France was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. ET and held overnight before being arraigned and released Monday morning. At 9:30 a.m., he was released on his own recognizance.

There was no immediate information on an attorney who could comment on France's behalf.

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They say officers saw indications France was intoxicated and found the pills during a subsequent search. He's a third-generation leader of the company, which his late grandfather, Bill France Sr., founded in 1948.

Brian France has been at NASCAR's helm since 2003.

According to a report from The Washington Post, France was investigated in 2006 for another traffic incident, where he was reportedly driving at a "very reckless speed", according to a witness. He hit a tree in 2006, also while driving a Lexus, and a witness said he "fell over his own feet" after he got out of the auto.