NASCAR CEO Brian France Arrested for DUI, Oxycodone


France, 56, was pulled over and arrested about 7:30 p.m. Sunday near the Sag Harbor waterfront, authorities said.

During the stop, we're told officers suspected France was intoxicated and conducted a field sobriety test. which France bombed.

France was held overnight and arraigned Monday morning before being released on his own recognizance, according to police. "Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs".

NASCAR was founded in 1947 by Bill France Sr.

NASCAR announced Monday afternoon that France had taken a leave of absence from his role as NASCAR's CEO and chairman.

France reportedly name-dropped President Donald Trump during the process of the arrest.

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The New York State Department of Motor Vehicle website lists the penalties for alcohol and drug-related violations. Officers apparently saw indications France was intoxicated and found oxycodone pills during a subsequent search.

That arrest sounds very straightforward, for all intents and purposes, but TMZ, who first broke the news, had other details.

France last month characterized as "rumors" reports that his family was looking into selling its racing properties.

France is a third-generation leader of NASCAR. "Rumors are always interesting, but they're seldom right".

The Washington Post suggests TMZ's BAC report is true, in that under NY state law, a DWI charge applies to BAC of.08 or higher, and Aggravated DWI applies to BAC of 0.18 or higher; France was charged with the latter. 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 vehicle.