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NASCAR chairman France arrested on DWI, drug charges

Donald Trump listens as NASCAR CEO Brian France speaks at a campaign rally at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., on February 29, 2016. Philip Sears / Reuters file photo

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. — NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested Sunday night and charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to multiple reports Monday, Aug. 6.

TMZ, the first to report the news, stated France was pulled over at 7:30 p.m. ET after running through a stop sign in Sag Harbor, N.Y. The report said France failed a field sobriety test, with sources telling the outlet France's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

ESPN's Bob Pockrass, citing a news release from the Sag Harbor Village Police Department, reported that France was held overnight, arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on Monday morning, and released on his own recognizance.

"Mr. France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign," ESPN quoted the news release as saying. "Upon traffic stop, it was determined that Mr. France was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition.

"Upon search of his person, due to a lawful arrest, Mr. France was in possession of oxycodone pills."

France, 56, has been chairman and CEO of the family-run league since 2003. His grandfather, William H.G. France, founded NASCAR and his father, Bill France Jr., was in charge of the league before the youngest France took over.