NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DWI in NY, police say

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France

Police said France was released at 9:30 a.m. Monday after arraignment.

According to police, Mr. France was driving north on Main Street when he failed to stop at a posted stop sign.

TMZ reported that tests showed that France had more than twice the legal amount of alcohol in his bloodstream. Police then found oxycodone pills on his person.

NASCAR was founded by France's grandfather, Bill France Sr., in 1948.

In this file photo, CEO and Chairman of NASCAR Brian France speaks at the driver's meeting prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 20, 2016, in Homestead, Fla.

"We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information".

He introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of its cars, and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks.

"The France family is locked and loaded in its dedication to NASCAR", France told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "Rumours are always interesting, but they're seldom right".

But a witness called 911 and gave police a statement that claimed she saw France driving at a "very reckless speed", and claimed France's auto hit the tree after hitting a parked vehicle. He hit a tree in 2006, also while driving a Lexus, and a witness said he "fell over his own feet" after he got out of the vehicle.

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