NASCAR CEO Brian France arrested on DUI, possession of oxycodone

NASCAR CEO Brian France arrested on DUI, possession of oxycodone

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Sag Harbor, NY, on Sunday night, according to a statement from police.

France, 56, was stopped after his 2017 Lexus blew through at a stop sign, CBS News reports.

France failed a field-sobriety test, posting a blood alcohol level of almost twice the legal limit, according to TMZ.

"We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information", the organization said. His grandfather, William H.G. France, founded NASCAR and his father, Bill France Jr., was in charge of the league before the youngest France took over.

France has been NASCAR's chairman and CEO since 2003.

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.

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France was arrested and hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. The legal limit in NY is 0.08.

Cops also found oxycodone pills on him during a search, officials said.

Brian France made a surprise appearance on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday afternoon and addressed rumors that his family was exploring a sale of the sanctioning body.It was his first public.

His blood alcohol content was 0.18. "We're focused on ruling and managing NASCAR. Rumors are always interesting, but they're seldom right".

She said she also watched as France "fell over his own feet" as he got out of his vehicle. France told Daytona Beach police that he hit the tree when he was taking a drink of a soda.

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