SAG HARBOR, N.Y. — NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France was arrested Sunday evening and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The news was first reported by TMZ and later confirmed by a Sag Harbor Village (N.Y.) Police Department press release.
France was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening and held overnight according to the press release. He was arraigned Monday morning at the Sag Harbor Village Justice Court 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,” the news release said. “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, who just turned 56 on Aug. 2, is the grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and has been the CEO of NASCAR since 2003. NASCAR released a statement regarding France’s arrest early Monday afternoon.
“We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information,” the statement read. “We take this as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts.”