Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

NASCAR CEO Arrested for DWI, Drug Possession

Brian France speaks at an awards show Modal Trigger Brian France Getty Images
Orlando Vargas | 07 August, 2018, 09:41

France was arrested, held overnight and released after he was arraigned on Monday morning, police said.

France was released just after 9 a.m. Monday.

Jim France, 73, is the youngest son of Bill France Sr. and the younger brother of Bill France Jr., the former president, chairman and CEO of NASCAR, making him Brian's uncle. 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. "Upon search of his person, due to a lawful arrest, Mr France was in possession of oxycodone pills". While France is a Long Island resident in the summer, he was not at the track in upstate NY prior to his arrest.

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

A NASCAR statement read: "Brian France has taken an indefinite leave of absence from NASCAR as chairman and chief executive officer".

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

In recent years, he's been dealing with plunging attendance and TV ratings and departing sponsors, attributing the down turn to the challenge of connecting with a new, younger generation of fans. "Rumors are always interesting, but they're seldom right".

"Mr. France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign", ESPN quoted the news release as saying.

Shirley Hill, a witness, told authorities she called 911 and reported France for driving at a reckless speed before the incident. France told police that he was drinking soda at the time and "bumped into something".

She said she also watched as France "fell over his own feet" as he got out of his auto.

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