Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DWI in NY, police say

NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DWI in NY, police say reports that t he Sag Harbor Police Department issued a release that said France was arrested at 7:30 p.m. local time, not long after Chase Elliott secured his first career win in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen.

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

TMZ reported that the 55-year-old was pulled over in Sag Harbor, N.Y. and failed a field sobriety test after officers suspected France was intoxicated.

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France could not be reached for comment.

He even reportedly name-dropped President Donald Trump according to TMZ Sports and his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

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France became chairman and CEO of NASCAR in 2003, a position that makes him one of the most powerful figures in sports. His grandfather William HG France founded the organisation, while his father, Bill Jr, also served as CEO until he stepped down in 2000.

ESPN published this statement from NASCAR: "We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information". He is the grandson of NASCAR's founder, the late William H.G. France.

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