CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The CEO and Chairman of NASCAR, Brian France, was arrested for DUI and possession of oxycodone on Sunday in The Hamptons, according to the Sag Harbor Village Police Department.
The 56-year-old was stopped after blowing through a stop sign around 7:30 p.m. in Sag Harbor, New York while operating a 2017 Lexus, police said.
During the stop, France was reportedly intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test.
TMZ Sports reports France's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit and oxycodone pills were found in his possession during the search.
France was arrested and held overnight for his arraignment Monday morning. At 9:30 a.m., he was released on his own recognizance.
In response to his arrest, France announced that he was taking "an indefinite leave of absence. Here is his statement:
"I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night. Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.”
NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer.