Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR and member of the France family famed for its involvement in motorsports, was arrested in NY for driving under the influence. Mr. France was arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. and was released on his own recognizance.
During the traffic stop, police determined France was operating his vehicle "in an intoxicated condition, Drake said". Officers saw indications of intoxication and found the pills during a subsequent search, police said.
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France took over as CEO of NASCAR in 2003, following in the footseps of his father and grandfather, who founded the organization in 1948.
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"The France family is locked and loaded in its dedication to NASCAR", France told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
ESPN published this statement from NASCAR: "We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information". Once he was transported to a nearby police station, France was booked on DUI and "possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree". In addition, a fine of up to $1,000 or twice the amount of the individual's gain from the crime may be imposed.
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.