Former NASCAR CEO Pleads Guilty to DWI

Brian Z. France after being arrested Sunday night in Sag Harbor.

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini announced Friday afternoon that the former CEO of NASCAR pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in August 2018 in Sag Harbor.

Brian France, 56, of Ormond Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty today to Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, according to a release issued by Mr. Sini.

“This case is a reminder for both residents and anyone visiting Suffolk County this summer that it is all of our responsibility to keep our roads safe,” District Attorney Sini said. “It is not acceptable for anyone to be driving while drunk or on drugs in our community.”

Mr. France was pulled over by Sag Harbor Village Police on August 5, at 7:08 p.m., after police said he failed to stop at a stop sign while driving a white 2017 Lexus sedan northbound on Main Street in Sag Harbor. Police said after pulling Mr. France over, he appeared intoxicated, with slurred speech, watery, bloodshot and glassy eyes, and unsteady on his feet. Mr. France was arrested and given a breath test, which revealed his blood alcohol level to be .18 percent, according to police.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Mr. France is required to complete 100 hours of community service and undergo alcohol counseling before his sentencing date. If he successfully complies with the requirements, Mr. France will be able to withdraw his plea of guilty and the charge will be reduced to a traffic violation of Driving While Ability Impaired. If he is unsuccessful, he will be sentenced on the misdemeanor conviction. France is scheduled to be sentenced in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on June 5, 2020.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jamie Greenwood, of the East End Bureau.