NASCAR mogul Brian France was arrested in New York's Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone after he was seen driving through a stop sign, police said Monday.
France, the chairman and CEO of the auto racing behemoth, was arraigned Monday at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court after a night in jail and released on his own recognizance.
Information on a lawyer who could comment on France's behalf was not immediately available, nor was information on his next court date.
NASCAR said in a statement that it takes France's arrest “as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts.”
France, 56, was pulled over and arrested about 7:30 p.m. Sunday near the Sag Harbor waterfront, authorities said. Officers saw indications of intoxication and found the pills during a subsequent search, police said.
TMZ first reported the arrest.
France has led NASCAR since 2003. He's a third-generation leader of the company, which his late grandfather, Bill France Sr., founded in 1948.
France called into a radio show last month to refute a report that his family was looking into selling its racing properties, saying the family was “locked and loaded in its dedication to NASCAR.”
France was involved in a 2006 incident in Daytona Beach, Fla., when a police report stated he crashed his Lexus into a tree after entering a restaurant parking lot.
France later told an officer called to his home that he was drinking a soda and “bumped into something.”
But a witness called 911 and gave police a statement that claimed she saw France driving at a “very reckless speed,” and claimed France's car hit the tree after hitting a parked car.