Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, was arrested over the weekend when he was found driving under the influence.
The Sag Harbor Village Police Department confirmed that France was driving his 2017 Lexus on Main Street when they witnessed him failing to stop at a stop sign. The officers initiated a traffic stop and immediately became aware of the suspect’s condition. The suspect was taken out of the vehicle, and he was asked to complete a blood alcohol level sobriety test. His blood alcohol level was reportedly more than twice the legal limit, so cops began patting down the suspect before his arrest. Upon searching the suspect, police discovered a number of oxycodone pills.
At around 7:30 P.M. on August 5, the officers decided to arrest France. He is being charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. The CEO was held in jail overnight, but he was released the following day on his own recognizance.
The chairman, who has been CEO of NASCAR since 2003, is arguably one of the most powerful people involved in professional sports. NASCAR has a strict substance abuse policy, so it is possible that the chairman could be suspended. He may also be encouraged to go through a recovery program or be subject to drug tests if he wants to continue working with NASCAR. France released a statement explaining his position and confirming his arrest. He apologized and insisted on taking an indefinite leave of absence from his position.