ASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France will take a leave of absence from the sport his family founded after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Sag Harbor, N.Y., on Sunday night.

The Sag Harbor Village Police Department said in a press release Monday that France was pulled over at 7:30 p.m. after failing to stop at a stop sign. Police determined that the 56-year-old was driving while “in an intoxicated condition,” and a subsequent search found that he had five oxycodone pills in his possession.

Police also said his blood alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit in New York (0.08). His eyes were glassy, his speech slurred, his balance off.

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France was held overnight and arraigned Monday morning before being released on his own recognizance, according to police. He faces charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance. His next court date is Sept. 14.


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