Brian France, NASCAR chairman, arrested for DWI and criminal possession of oxycodone


NASCAR chairman Brian France has been charged in Sag Harbor, N.Y., with aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 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.

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Police found oxycodone pills in his possession, officers said.

France went so far as to name-drop some of his powerful friends, including United States President Donald Trump, during his arrest process, per TMZ. France, driving a 2017 Lexus, failed to stop at a stop sign and when pulled over it was "determined that Mr. France was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition".

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France was arrested, held overnight and released after he was arraigned on Monday morning, police said. France endorsed Trump for president at a Georgia rally in February 2016. He hit a tree in 2006, also while driving a Lexus, and a witness said he "fell over his own feet" after he got out of the auto.

France's grandfather Bill founded NASCAR in 1948, and his father ran the organization from 1972-2000.

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France, who turned 56 last Thursday, has served as NASCAR CEO since 2003.