Arresting officer and the Sag Harbor police chief clear up rumors on the arrest of the now former NASCAR CEO
The 5 pills were not prescribed to Brian France
The now former NASCAR CEO, Brian France was arrested on Sunday night. He rolled through a stop sign. The traffic ticket turned into a DUI and a narcotics charge.
Mr. France’s blood alcohol content was at 1.8. That’s twice the legal limit in the state of New York.
In addition, police ran a search of Brian France. They came up with 5 Acetaminophen and Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills. The pills were labeled T 194.
The arresting officer, Kelly Kampf stated France’s, “breath smelled of an intoxicating beverage, his speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy and red, he was unsteady on his feet and he performed poorly on several standard field sobriety tests administered.”
Austin J. McGuire, the Sag Harbor chief of police called the case, “a garden variety, driving while intoxicated case.”
“Mr. France, he ran a stop sign and was stopped for doing so and he was found to be in an intoxicated state,” McGuire said in a telephone interview Tuesday to News Journal.
Early reports of the arrest made some bold claims. Bold and completely false claims. They sounded false and were never reported on this website.
Those reports elsewhere stated that Brian France asked the officers, “Do you know how I am?” The rumor was that he was attempting to use his name and the NASCAR brand to get out of the arrest.
Brian France is also known supporter of Donald Trump. Brian France, Chase Elliott, Bill Elliott, Ryan Newman and others from the NASCAR industry attended a Trump rally as Donald Trump was running for United States President.
Last year, Martin Truex Jr attended the White House to be congratulated on his accomplishments of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. During the speech by the President he gave a nod to Brian France before stating that NASCAR fans, “stand for the anthem.”
Other reporters claims were a bit bolder than just the NASCAR reference. They stated that Brian France attempted to use his relationship with Donald Trump in an attempt to get out of the ticket and arrest in New York.
The police chief says otherwise:
“He was very compliant and the only time he ever mentioned NASCAR, as part of our arrest processing, we ask people where they are employed, and he said ‘NASCAR,’ ” McGuire said.
“The arresting officer had no idea who he was or anything. The arresting officer said Mr. France was completely compliant and a gentleman.”
I’ve been cruising through the comment section on some of these posts. It appears that many fans are still uncertain if the pills found on Brian France were prescription or not. The police chief cleared that up.
“I’m going to assume that since he was arrested for it, it wasn’t prescribed to him.”
Brian France now has a court date set for September 14th, 2018. He is being represented by Edward Burke Jr who has an office near Southampton, NY.
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