NASCAR's Brian France Taking 'Indefinite Leave of Absence' After Arrest

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NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Sag Harbor, NY, on Sunday night, according to a statement from police.

ESPN cited a news release from the Sag Harbor Village police saying France was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and was held overnight. Upon the traffic stop, according to the release, police determined that France was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition.

In a statement earlier Monday, NASCAR said it considered the incident "a serious matter". "Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs". He's a third-generation leader of the company, which his late grandfather, Bill France Sr., founded in 1948.

On Monday afternoon, NASCAR said vice-chairman Jim France would take over as interim chairman and chief executive officer from Brian France, who would go on indefinite leave.

Brian France isn't a professional driver, but you could argue the NASCAR CEO causes more trouble behind the wheel than any of the sport's superstars. Officers saw indications of intoxication and found the pills during a subsequent search, police said.

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NASCAR provided the following statement on the arrest.

His blood alcohol content was 0.18.

Additionally, it is reported that while he was being arrested, France dropped the names of some high-profile friends, including that of President Donald Trump.

France last month characterized as "rumors" reports that his family was looking into selling its racing properties.

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