Mr. France was arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. and was released on his own recognizance. Officers said a traffic stop followed and they discovered France was intoxicated. Officers saw indications of intoxication and found the pills during a subsequent search, police said. France's blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit (0.08 percent in New York State).
Brian France also released a statement following his arrest: "I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night". Trump initially took that endorsement as an endorsement of NASCAR while NASCAR spokespeople quickly had to clarify that France was making a "personal" endorsement of the then-candidate.
Effective immediately, Jim France - Brian's uncle - will act as the interim chairman and CEO of NASCAR.
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France could not be reached for comment. "We take this as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all the facts". The legal limit in NY is.08. The maximum jail term is one year. He faces charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
A misdemeanor in NY is defined as an offense other than a traffic infraction in which a sentence in excess of 15 days but not greater than one year may be imposed.
France's grandfather Bill France Sr. founded NASCAR in 1948, and France's father assumed command from 1972 to 2000. France reportedly ran a stop sign in a 2017 Lexus when he was stopped by police.