Former NASAR CEO Brian France pleads guilty to Hamptons DWI

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Friday, June 07 2019 Jun 7, 2019 June 07, 2019 1:01 PM June 07, 2019 in Sports - AP - National

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.

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