NASCAR CEO Brian France arrested for DWI and drug possession

NASCAR CEO Brian France was reportedly arrested for DWI and possession of oxycodone approximately two hours after Chase Elliott’s win on Sunday.

According to Sag Harbor (New York) Police, France was pulled over after driving through a stop sign in the Hamptons at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. Police found the oxycodone after a search when he was pulled over.

“Mr. France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign,” the police release said (via ESPN). “Upon traffic stop, it was determined that Mr. France was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition.”

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1: Brian France, Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, delivers a speech at a press luncheon during NASCAR Champions week in New York on December 1, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
OCTOBER 2003: Brian Z. France becomes the new chairman of the board and CEO of NASCAR, replacing his father, Bill France, Jr. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)
MONTREAL - OCTOBER 2: Brian Z. France speaks during a news conference for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in Montreal at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel October 2, 2006 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Charles Laberge/Getty Images for Nascar)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, speaks at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Award Luncheon, at Ciprani, on November 30, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
NASCAR President Brian France talks to the media during the first day of the 2007 Nascar Nextel Cup Media Tour, hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, Monday, January 22, 2007. (Photo by Gregg Ellman/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 21: NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France answers questions from the media, as NASCAR President Mike Helton looks on during the NASCAR 2008 Media Day at the NASCAR R&D Center January 21, 2008 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 21: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton (C) answers questions, as (L-R) NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, NASCAR president Mike Helton, NASCAR Managing Director of Public Affairs Marcus Jadotte, and NASCAR Managing Director of Race Operations George Silbermann look on during the NASCAR 2008 Media Day at the NASCAR R&D Center January 21, 2008 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 22: NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France speaks with the media during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway at the NASCAR Research and Development Center January 22, 2009 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR for NASCAR)
CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 21: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France speaks with the media during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, held at the NASCAR Research and Development Center on January 21, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 03: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France speaks to the media regarding his mid-season NASCAR address prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
16 October, 2010: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France talks to the media during a press conference announcing that NASCAR will begin using Sunoco Green E15 fuel blend in the three major touring divisions beginning in 2011. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
26 January, 2011: NASCAR Chairman Brian France addresses members of the media gathered at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the annual NASCAR
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 23: Brian France, CEO and Chairman of NASCAR, speaks during the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Charlotte Convention Center on May 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
CONCORD, NC - MAY 25: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France speaks to the media during a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - JANUARY 30: Brian France, NASCAR CEO and Chairman, speaks during the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 26: Brian France, CEO and chairman of NASCAR, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 26, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Bob Leverone/NASCAR via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Amy France (L) and NASCAR CEO Brian France attend the 2015 Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on October 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20: CEO and Chairman of NASCAR Brian France speaks during a press conference at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Brian France speaks during the drivers meting prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01: Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, speaks during a press conference as NASCAR and Monster Energy announce premier series entitlement partnership at Wynn Las Vegas on December 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Monster Energy, which will begin its tenure as naming rights partner on Jan. 1, 2017, will become only the third company to serve as the entitlement sponsor in NASCAR premier series history, following RJ Reynolds and Sprint/Nextel. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 02: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France presents the Bill France Award of Excellence during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show at Wynn Las Vegas on December 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: Brian France, CEO and Chairman of NASCAR attends an event to honor 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on the South Lawn of the White House on May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Truex drives the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 23: NASCAR Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Brian France, speaks during the NACAR Hall of Fame Voting Day at NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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He even reportedly name-dropped President Donald Trump according to TMZ Sports and his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

France was arrested and hauled to a nearby station where he was book for DUI and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. France spent the night in jail and was released Monday morning after his arraignment.

And sources tell us … during the process, France was name-dropping all of the powerful people he knew and even mentioned his relationship with President Donald Trump.

Yahoo Sports has reached out to NASCAR for comment.

France publicly endorsed Trump for president in early 2016 at a rally in Georgia. Trump initially took that endorsement as an endorsement of NASCAR while NASCAR spokespeople quickly had to clarify that France was making a “personal” endorsement of the then-candidate.

Police said France was released at 9:30 a.m. Monday after arraignment. NASCAR announced Monday afternoon that France had taken a leave of absence from his role as NASCAR’s CEO and chairman.

“I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night,” France said. “Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.”

His uncle Jim France will take over as the interim leader of NASCAR. Jim France and Lesa France Kennedy, Brian’s sister, are the majority owners of NASCAR. Jim France’s permanent role is as NASCAR’s Vice Chairman.

This is the second-known traffic incident with France. He hit a tree in 2006, also while driving a Lexus, and a witness said he “fell over his own feet” after he got out of the car. France told Daytona Beach police that he hit the tree when he was taking a drink of a soda.

This latest reported incident comes just after NASCAR was celebrating the first win of Elliott’s career. Long anointed as one of the series’ future megastars, Elliott outran Martin Truex Jr. over the last 15 laps of the race to reach victory lane in his 99th Cup Series race.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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