Former NASCAR CEO Brian France pleads guilty to DWI in New York

Brian France is eligible for a reduced sentence upon the completion of community service.

Former NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France plead guilty to driving while intoxicated in exchange for a reduced sentence on Friday.

With the caveat that he avoids further legal trouble, France is eligible to withdraw his plea and have his misdemeanor DWI changed to a non-criminal violation upon the completion of 100 hours of community service. He will also attend counseling.

If France is unable to meet the terms of his plea, he will be sentenced on the misdemeanor. France is scheduled to be sentenced in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on June 5, 2020

“I would like to thank the Sag Harbor Village Justice Court for their careful attention to this matter,” France said in a statement. “I am grateful to the courts consideration of all the facts in this case and I will follow their direction and recommendations as we move forward.

“While I made a mistake, this event has also given me the opportunity to reflect on my poor judgment that day, my family and my greater responsibilities to our community. I have learned valuable lessons and will be a better person because of this process.”

France, 56, was arrested in Sag Harbor, New York in August 2018 when he was pulled over by police for rolling past a stop sign. He was allegedly found to have a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit and oxycodone pills in his possession, for which he had a prescription.

In the aftermath of the arrest, France took a leave of absence from NASCAR and was replaced by his uncle, Jim France.

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