NASCAR chairman France arrested on DWI, drug charges

Brian France has been at NASCAR's helm since 2003

NASCAR chairman France arrested on DWI, drug charges

His eyes were red and glassy and he struggled to keep his balance during field sobriety tests, police said. France was searched and police found oxycodone pills in his possession, he added. He was held overnight and arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Monday, where he was released on his own recognizance.

In an email to USA TODAY Sports on Monday, NASCAR said: "We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information".

Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR and member of the France family famed for its involvement in motorsports, was arrested in NY for driving under the influence. His brother Jim France, who now serves as NASCAR's Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President, has assumed the role of interim chairman.

His blood alcohol content was 0.18. The legal limit in NY is 0.08.

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Under NASCAR's substance abuse policy, Brian France could be suspended and required to go through a recovery program, or he could be subjected to drug testing.

NASCAR CEO Brian France was arrested on suspicion of DUI, as well as possession of oxycodone.

Additionally, it is reported that while he was being arrested, France dropped the names of some high-profile friends, including that of President Donald Trump.

In recent years, he's been dealing with plunging attendance and TV ratings and departing sponsors, attributing the down turn to the challenge of connecting with a new, younger generation of fans. "We're focused on ruling and managing NASCAR". France reportedly ran a stop sign in a 2017 Lexus when he was stopped by police. France told Daytona Beach police that he hit the tree when he was taking a drink of a soda.

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