NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France was arrested and charged with DUI early Monday in NY, according to a report from TMZ. When his 2017 Lexus was pulled over it was "determined that Mr. France was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition".
He was released on his own recognizance at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning after his arraignment in the Harbor Village Justice Court.
NASCAR said in a news release that France's leave of absence is "indefinite", and that Jim France has taken on the role of interim chairman and CEO, effective immediately.
Her statement, for reasons unknown, never was attached to the police report, according to the Press. Tests showed France's blood-alcohol content was 0.18, police said.
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Sag Harbor Village is on Long Island, about 100 miles east of New York City.
France, who has been NASCAR chairman and CEO since 2003, could potentially be suspended and required to go through a recovery program or undergo drug testing per NASCAR's rules.
TMZ first reported the arrest.
NASCAR issued an earlier statement Monday, before it announced France's leave of absence. He told authorities the accident happened because he was drinking soda and "bumped into something". The Associated Press reported in 2006 that a witness reported that a silver Lexus owned by France was traveling at a "very reckless speed" and the driver "fell over his own feet" while exiting the vehicle. She also said France hit a parked auto before crashing into the tree, and "fell over his own feet" after exiting the vehicle. By the time Daytona Beach police arrived, France was inside his condominium.