NASCAR CEO Brian France taking leave of absence following DUI arrest

NASCAR chairman CEO France arrested for DUI possession of controlled substance			Image by Ehrhardt  LAT

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested on Sunday night for driving under the influence, while also in possession of oxycodone. Upon the traffic stop, according to the release, police determined that France was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition. He was released from a local jail following his arraingment on Monday morning.

France has taken an indefinite leave of absence in light of his arrest, NASCAR announced Monday.

NASCAR says Brian's uncle, Jim France, has "assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer". Brian began his tenure as CEO in 2003. Police stated that a search revealed that France was in possession of oxycodone pills.

TMZ first reported the story.

Jim France, 73, is the younger brother of Bill France, Jr. and has worked for the company throughout his life.

NASCAR provided the following statement on the arrest. Tests showed France's blood-alcohol content was 0.18, police said. The organization said it takes France's arrest "as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts". The legal limit in NY is 0.08. France called into a radio show last month to refute a report that his family was looking into selling its racing properties, saying his family was "locked and loaded in its dedication to NASCAR". France told Daytona Beach police that he hit the tree when he was taking a drink of a soda. She also said France hit a parked auto before crashing into the tree, and "fell over his own feet" after exiting the vehicle.

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