NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DUI

Jermaine Castillo
August 7, 2018

France was taken to jail for the night and released the following morning after an arraignment.

A release from the Sag Harbor Village Police Department says that 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. Upon the traffic stop, according to the release, police determined that France was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition. "Upon search of his person, due to a lawful arrest, Mr France was in possession of oxycodone pills".

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France was arrested and hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. 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.

France became chairman and CEO of NASCAR in 2003, a position that makes him one of the most powerful figures in sports.

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Jim France - brother of Bill France Jr. - and Lesa France Kennedy are believed to own the majority stake in NASCAR, according to public documents, but the league does not comment on its ownership structure.

We're working to gather more information. It is a Class A misdemeanor. He's a third-generation leader of the company, which his late grandfather, Bill France Sr., founded in 1948. In addition, a fine of up to $1,000 or twice the amount of the individual's gain from the crime may be imposed.

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France was involved in a 2006 incident in Daytona Beach, Florida, when a police report stated he crashed his Lexus into a tree after entering a restaurant parking lot.

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