NASCAR CEO takes leave of absence after arrest, DWI charge


NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested on Sunday night for driving under the influence, while also in possession of oxycodone.

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

France, 56, was arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court after spending the night in jail. "Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs". 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. Officers reportedly found oxycodone on France during a search.

Shirley Hill, a witness, told authorities she called 911 and reported France for driving at a reckless speed before the incident.

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

His lawyer referred reporters to a NASCAR statement on the matter. The legal limit in NY is 0.08.

His blood alcohol content was 0.18.

Under NASCAR's substance abuse policy, Brian France could be suspended and required to go through a recovery program, or he could be subjected to drug testing.

Interestingly, one local resident was quoted as saying that "it's so stupid to drive drunk in the Hamptons", because "they have police checkpoints everywhere and police are always looking for drunk drivers". 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.

As a result, Daytona police opened an investigation into whether authorities gave France preferential treatment "because of his last name", then-Daytona Beach police chief Mike Chitwood said.