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NASCAR chairman Brian France charged with DUI and drug possession during traffic stop

August 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
NASCAR chairman Brian France charged with DUI and drug possession during traffic stop

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NEW YORK – Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, Brian France announced on Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his DUI and drug arrest in the Hamptons.

France was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.

Police officials said the 56-year-old NASCAR chairman was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag Harbor.

Brian France was pulled over and arrested around 7:30 p.m., ESPN reports.

Officers reported that his eyes were red and glassy, and he struggled to keep his balance during field sobriety tests, police said. Tests showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit, Sag Harbor police said.

Cops also found five oxycodone pills during a subsequent search of his vehicle.

France was consequently arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court after spending the night in jail. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept. 14.

Following his release from custody, France released a statement announcing he would be taking a leave of absence from his position effective immediately “to focus on my personal affairs.”

“I apologize to our fans, our industry, and my family for the impact of my actions last night,” he said.

 

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