NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger was arrested for drunk driving in Mooresville, N.C., early Thursday. He failed a field sobriety test and blew .08, which is the minimum in North Carolina, on a Breathalyzer. The incident comes one week after driver Michael Waltrip narrowly avoided a DWI after hitting a motorcyclist with his Lexus and one day after I posted this article about race car drivers who can’t drive in public, which I had to update, thank-you-very-much A.J. Allmendinger.
Allmendinger, 27, was driving a 2007 Lexus (does everyone in the Sprint Cup own a Lexus?) when he was stopped by police at 1:27 AM on Thursday. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired.
"I made an error in judgment last night for which I take full responsibility," Allmendinger said in a statement. "I went out to dinner and I had a couple of drinks. I honestly felt fine but I obviously should have erred more on the side of caution, particularly given what I do for a living.
"It was a bad judgment call and I apologize for that to my fans, sponsors, team and NASCAR. If anything good can come of this then hopefully I can be an example of being more aware of drinking responsibly and if even if you feel fine, take a cab, call a friend – just don’t risk it. I will do my best to make it right and use this to learn myself and hopefully educate others."
Allmendinger charged with driving while impaired (Scene Daily)