NASCAR CEO Brian France taking ‘indefinite leave of absence’ after arrest


Brian France, 56, has taken an indefinite leave of absence as CEO of NASCAR, the company said, after he was arrested on Sunday and charged with DWI and drug possession.

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

France failed a field-sobriety test, posting a blood alcohol level of almost twice the legal limit, according to TMZ. He was released from a local jail following his arraingment on Monday morning.

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France's grandfather Bill France Sr. founded NASCAR in 1948, and France's father assumed command from 1972 to 2000.

France is a third-generation leader of NASCAR.

They say officers saw indications France was intoxicated and found the pills during a subsequent search.

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France reportedly name-dropped President Donald Trump during the process of the arrest. NASCAR announced Monday afternoon that France had taken a leave of absence from his role as NASCAR's CEO and chairman.

NASCAR provided the following statement on the arrest. It states that aggravated driving while intoxicated is where an individual has a Blood Alcohol Content of.18 or higher. The legal limit in NY is 0.08. There's nothing to report on that.

France later told an officer called to his home that he was drinking a soda and "bumped into something".

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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.