Nascar CEO Brian France arrested for DUI and oxycodone possession

Aug 07, 2018, 04:58
Nascar CEO Brian France arrested for DUI and oxycodone possession

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.

The 56-year-old auto-racing scion was behind the wheel of a 2017 Lexus when he blew through a stop sign in Sag Harbor around 7:30 p.m., police said. After being "lawful [ly] arrested", a search of his person turned up the pills, per the release.

TMZ reported that his blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit.

France has taken an indefinite leave of absence in light of his arrest, NASCAR announced Monday.

During the stop, France was reportedly intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. France, the chairman and CEO of the auto racing behemoth, was arraigned Monday at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court after a night in jail and released on his own recognizance.

NASCAR said in a news release that France's leave of absence is "indefinite", and that Jim France has taken on the role of interim chairman and CEO, effective immediately.

Her statement, for reasons unknown, never was attached to the police report, according to the Press. His grandfather, Bill France Sr., founded NASCAR in 1948.

NY law defines criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree when a person knowingly and unlawfully possesses a controlled substance.

France later told an officer called to his home that he was drinking a soda and "bumped into something". 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.