NASCAR CEO arrested for DUI, oxycodone possession

Brian France has been at NASCAR's helm since 2003

According to TMZ Sports, 54-year-old France was initially pulled over by police in Sag Harbor, New York, after he allegedly ran a stop sign. Upon the traffic stop, according to the release, police determined that France was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition.

After a night in jail, he was released following his arraignment Monday morning.

NASCAR was founded in 1947 by Bill France Sr.

Effective immediately, Jim France - Brian's uncle - will act as the interim chairman and CEO of NASCAR. Officers apparently saw indications France was intoxicated and found oxycodone pills during a subsequent search.

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

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France became CEO of Nascar in 2003. Tests showed France's blood-alcohol content was 0.18, police said.

NASCAR issued an earlier statement Monday, before it announced France's leave of absence. "We're focused on ruling and managing NASCAR".

Interestingly, one local resident was quoted as saying that "it's so stupid to drive drunk in the Hamptons", because "they have police checkpoints everywhere and police are always looking for drunk drivers".

The Washington Post suggests TMZ's BAC report is true, in that under NY state law, a DWI charge applies to BAC of.08 or higher, and Aggravated DWI applies to BAC of 0.18 or higher; France was charged with the latter. She also said France hit a parked auto before crashing into the tree, and "fell over his own feet" after exiting the vehicle.

As a result, Daytona police opened an investigation into whether authorities gave France preferential treatment "because of his last name", then-Daytona Beach police chief Mike Chitwood said.

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