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NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DUI

06 August 2018

Brian France, chief executive of NASCAR, was arrested in the Hamptons on Sunday night for DWI and possession of oxycodone, according to Sag Harbor Village Police.

CBSSports.com reports that t he Sag Harbor Police Department issued a release that said France was arrested at 7:30 p.m. local time, not long after Chase Elliott secured his first career win in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen.

Police suspected that the NASCAR CEO was intoxicated and found oxycodone pills on his person.

"Mr. France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign", a police release said.

France was arrested and held overnight in jail on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance. France's blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit (0.08 percent in New York State).

During the arrest, France name-dropped some powerful people he knows, including President Trump, according to TMZ. He stepped down as CEO so his son Bill France Jr. could take over.

In a statement to ESPN, the auto racing company said it is aware of the situation and is gathering more information. NASCAR said further comment would be forthcoming after an examination of the facts in this case.

NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DUI