Brian France Pleads Guilty To DWI

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Brian France has pled guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated stemming from his arrest in August of 2018. (NASCAR Photo)
Brian France has pled guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated stemming from his arrest in August of 2018. (NASCAR Photo)

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. – Brian France, the former CEO of NASCAR, has pled guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated stemming from his arrest in August of 2018.

Suffolk County (N.Y.) District Attorney Timothy D. Sini announced the news Friday afternoon.

France will be required to complete 100 hours of community service and undergo alcohol counseling prior to his sentencing date as part of the plea agreement. Should he complete these requirements, France will be able to withdraw his guilty plea and the charge will be reduced to driving while ability impaired.

If he does not complete those requirements, he will be sentenced for driving while intoxicated. France is slated to be sentenced on June 5, 2020 at the Sag Harbor Village Justice Court.

France was stopped shortly after 7 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2018 when he failed to stop at a stop sign on Main Street in Sag Harbor, N.Y. The officer who stopped France noticed several signs that he had been drinking, including alcohol on his breath, slurred speech, watery, bloodshot and glassy eyes, and he was unsteady on his feet.

France was then arrested and given a breath test, which showed his blood alcohol level to be .18 percent.

“This case is a reminder for both residents and anyone visiting Suffolk County this summer that it is all of our responsibility to keep our roads safe,” District Attorney Sini said in a statement. “It is not acceptable for anyone to be driving while drunk or on drugs in our community.”