Police said France appeared to be driving while intoxicated Sunday in Sag Harbor, New York. Upon the traffic stop, according to the release, police determined that France was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition. It reports via sources that France's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and similarly relies on unnamed sources to claim France referenced the powerful friends he had, allegedly even mentioning the president, during the incident.
France was arraigned Monday after spending the night in jail.
TMZ said it got a statement from NASCAR on the incident, saying it was aware of it, gathering facts and that it "take [s] this as a serious matter". "Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs".
The 56-year old France is the grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and the son of Bill France Jr.
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France has served as the CEO and chairman since the 2003 season and is the third de facto leader of the sport.
He's introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of its cars, and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks. Jim France's permanent role is as NASCAR's Vice Chairman. "Rumors are always interesting, but they're seldom right".
As a result, Daytona police opened an investigation into whether authorities gave France preferential treatment "because of his last name", then-Daytona Beach police chief Mike Chitwood said.