NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DUI


"Effective immediately, NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive VP Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and CEO".

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested in The Hamptons late Sunday night and charged with DUI, police say. The 56-year-old - one of the most powerful people in professional sports - was initially stopped in Sag Harbor, NY while driving a 2017 Lexus.

Additionally, police say, France was also allegedly found to be in possession of oxycodone pills. France, CEO of NASCAR since 2003, was arraigned this morning and released on his own recognizance.

"Brian France has taken an indefinite leave of absence from NASCAR as chairman and chief executive officer", the NASCAR statement read.

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France's arrest Sunday came more than a dozen years after he crashed his auto into a tree near his residence in Florida.

According to a press release from the Sag Harbor Village police department, France was pulled over in Sag Harbor, New York around 7:30 p.m. EST Sunday after failing to stop at a stop sign. As officers interacted with France, they said they determined he was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition. He's the grandson of NASCAR cofounder Bill France Sr. Forbes reported in June that the family was seeking only minority investors. He told officers he'd been driving and drinking a soda when he "bumped into something". She also said France hit a parked auto before crashing into the tree, and "fell over his own feet" after exiting the vehicle.

Her statement was not attached to the police report, and the Daytona Beach police chief later investigated whether France was given special treatment by authorities.