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

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

CBSSports.com 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.

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