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NASCAR chairman arrested for DWI, oxycodone possession

CEO and Chairman of NASCAR, Brian France, speaks to the media during a news conference prior to the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Sunday, April 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NASCAR chairman Brian France has been arrested in New York's Hamptons for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 1:48 PM

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) - NASCAR chairman Brian France has been arrested in New York's Hamptons for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.

France was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and held overnight. He was arraigned Monday at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court and released.

There was no immediate information on an attorney who could comment on France's behalf.

NASCAR says it takes France's arrest "as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts."

Police say the 56-year-old France was stopped after his 2017 Lexus blew through at a stop sign.

They say officers saw indications France was intoxicated and found the pills during a subsequent search.

TMZ first reported the arrest.

France has been CEO of the family-founded racing organization since 2003.

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