Friday, June 7, 2019
SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) -- Former NASCAR CEO Brian France has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in New York's Hamptons last year.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said the 56-year-old France pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Friday and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and undergo alcohol counseling.
The charge will be reduced to a traffic violation if he meets the requirements.
France, of Ormond Beach, Florida, was arrested in Sag Harbor on Aug. 5, 2018, after running a stop sign. Police say his blood alcohol level was 0.18%, more than double the legal limit.
France says in an email from his attorney that he will be "a better person" because of the incident.
France took a leave of absence from NASCAR after his arrest. He had led the auto racing company since 2003.