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NASCAR Driver Causes Accident, Charged With DWI In North Carolina


Posted on Feb 15, 2011

Racecar driver Michael Annett was arrested in Mooresville, North Carolina, this week after causing a two-car accident early on Sunday morning. According to the Associated Press, the NASCAR driver was charged with resisting arrest, use of a mobile device while driving, failure to reduce speed, and driving while intoxicated. In July, Annett was arrested after rear-ending another vehicle in Charlotte, North Carolina – in that crash too Annett admitted that he was talking on his cell phone while driving.

The Moorseville Police Officer that saw the accident and pulled Arnett over said that the Rusty Wallace Racing driver was shoving mints into his mouth after the accident and that his blood alcohol level was 0.32 when tested – well above the legal limit of 0.08.  No one was seriously injured in the accident, including the 21-year-old female passenger in Annett’s vehicle.

"I am deeply remorseful for my actions and my extreme lack of judgment," Annett said in a statement. "I let down my team, my sponsors, my fans and my family; I sincerely apologize to everyone that I hurt. This was truly a life-changing moment for me. Despite all of the negativity that will undoubtedly arise from it, I'm going to strive to use this incident as the impetus to make a lot of positive changes in my life."

Rusty Wallace Racing released a statement saying that it did not condone substance abuse among its drivers and that there would be serious consequences for Arnett’s actions, including an alcohol awareness program. NASCAR said that it is still collecting information about the NC car accident before taking action.

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