Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

NASCAR CEO Brian France takes leave of absence after DWI arrest

NASCAR CEO Brian France takes leave of absence after DWI arrest

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police Sunday night at about 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Main Street and Wharf Street and faces DWI and drug charges.

The 56-year-old vehicle racing executive was arrested on suspicion of aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree around 7:30 Sag Harbor, a village in the Hamptons.

France was arraigned Monday after spending the night in jail.

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

Per NASCAR, Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer. Officers saw indications of intoxication and found the pills during a subsequent search, police said.

TMZ first reported the arrest of the 56-year-old, whom it refers to as "one of the most powerful people in professional sports". Trump initially took that endorsement as an endorsement of NASCAR while NASCAR spokespeople quickly had to clarify that France was making a "personal" endorsement of the then-candidate.

NASCAR provided the following statement on the arrest. The legal limit in NY is 0.08. It states that aggravated driving while intoxicated is where an individual has a Blood Alcohol Content of.18 or higher.

France last month characterized as "rumors" reports that his family was looking into selling its racing properties. "We're focused on ruling and managing NASCAR".

France, also driving a Lexus at the time, crashed into a tree after entering a restaurant parking lot in Daytona Beach, Fla., according to The Associated Press.

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