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Celebrity DWI/DUI Roundup - August 2018

By Evan Levow
 on August 13, 2018
 in the category:
being arrested for a DWI

Each month in our celebrity DWI/DUI roundup, we review reports of arrest and updates on developing court cases involving celebrities. Often, we find that even the richest celebrities still face the consequences of a DWI if they fail to work with an experienced DWI attorney.

NASCAR CEO Arrested On Long Island & Charged With DUI

The CEO and Chairman of NASCAR, Brian France, has announced that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence after it was revealed that he has been charged with a DUI and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

According to a statement made by the Sag Harbor Village Police Department, at around 7:30 p.m. on August 5th, 2018, France failed to stop at a stop sign while driving a 2017 Lexus. The officer who initiated the traffic stop determined that France was intoxicated and administered a field sobriety test which France failed. A search was then performed and France was found to have oxycodone pills in his possession.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that France's alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

France has issued a statement, saying, "I apologize to our fans, our industry, and my family for the impact of my actions last night. Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs."

New York Jets Linebacker Pleads Guilty To DUI

Dylan Donahue, who was drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, has pled guilty to a DUI. This is the second time in three days that he pled guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

On May 9th, 2017, only ten days after being drafted, Donahue was arrested in Billings, Montana. Officers were called to the scene after Donahue drove into a parked pickup truck, flipping his SUV. Both he and his passenger were injured. Breath test results showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.137, well above the state's legal limit of 0.08. He received a three-month license suspension and was fined $1,000.

Then on February 26th, 2018, Donahue was arrested after he drove into the wrong end of the Lincoln Tunnel and crashed head-on with a 15 passenger bus. Four of the passengers on the bus were taken to the hospital for injuries. Donahue failed both the field test and breath test administered at the scene. He originally faced four charges but three were dropped after he agreed to the DUI. His New Jersey license has been suspended for three months and he will be required to use an Interlock Ignition Device once the license is reinstated.

After the second accident, Donahue voluntarily entered a treatment facility and has stated that he is dedicated to living a sober life.

Former Guns N' Roses Guitarist Arrested For DUI in Illinois

DJ Ashba was arrested in Fairbury, IL for a DUI. Officers pulled Ashba over after he blew through a stop sign. While speaking with Ashba, officers suspected he was under the influence and he submitted to field sobriety testing which he failed.

Ashba has not issued a statement about the arrest.

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