NASCAR CEO Brian France arrested on DUI, possession of oxycodone

NASCAR CEO Brian France arrested on DUI, possession of oxycodone

On Monday afternoon, NASCAR said vice-chairman Jim France would take over as interim chairman and chief executive officer from Brian France, who would go on indefinite leave.

"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.

According to Associated Press, police say France's blood-alcohol content level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of his arrest. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept 14.

France has been the NASCAR chairman and CEO since 2003, taking over leadership of the sport from his father, Bill France Jr. Brian France could face a suspension under NASCAR's substance abuse policy. Officers said a traffic stop followed and they discovered France was intoxicated.

The company previously called France's arrest a "serious matter".

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This latest reported incident comes just after NASCAR was celebrating the first win of Elliott's career.

As of this writing, it is not certain when or if Brian France will return to his current position in NASCAR. NASCAR said further comment would be forthcoming after an examination of the facts in this case.

NASCAR issued an earlier statement Monday, before it announced France's leave of absence. The Associated Press reported in 2006 that a witness reported that a silver Lexus owned by France was traveling at a "very reckless speed" and the driver "fell over his own feet" while exiting the auto.

Her statement was not attached to the police report, and the Daytona Beach police chief later investigated whether France was given special treatment by authorities.

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