NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France is taking an “idefinite leave of absence” after he was arrested Sunday in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
According to a release from Sag Harbor Village Police, France was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. ET and held overnight before being arraigned and released Monday morning.
Sag Harbor Village Police Incident Release https://t.co/6xQVNrEheD pic.twitter.com/eYaTrG5GuP
— Speedway Digest (@speedwaydigest) August 6, 2018
“Mr. France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign,” the release read. “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.”
NASCAR released a statement later Monday (via The Associated Press) saying, in part, the organization was “aware of the incident” and “in the process of gathering information.”
A few hours later, France followed with a statement announcing he would step away from the organization.
“I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night,” France said (via The Charlotte Observer). “Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.”
TMZ Sports first reported the incident, noting that France’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
#NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France’s mug shot following his arrest on Sunday night. More details ?? https://t.co/jL90ZgM9ZI pic.twitter.com/ncJIqfKvQI
— Matthew Mayer (@MatthewMayerCBS) August 6, 2018
France, who turned 56 last Thursday, has served as NASCAR CEO since 2003.