NASCAR driver charged with DWI

NASCAR driver charged with DWI

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 8 at 8:31 AM

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- A driver for Rusty Wallace Racing was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with DWI, failure to reduce speed, texting while driving and resisting public officer.

According to a police report, Michael Annett rear-ended a car that was stopped at a red light at the intersection of NC Highway 150 and Williamson Road.

A Mooresville police officer said he noticed Annett shoving breath mints into his mouth so he requested another officer come to the scene of the accident to administer a DWI test.

According to the police report, Annett had a blood alcohol concentration of .32.

RWR released a statement acknowledging the incident involving their No. 62 driver. "Rusty Wallace Racing does not condone, nor tolerate, substance abuse by any of its employees. In line with this, RWR is currently working with Michael to develop a package of sanctions which will address this issue."

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

Annett joined Rusty Wallace Racing for the 2011 season. He plans to open the Nationwide Series Feb. 19 in the No. 62 car in Daytona.

On Annett’s website, his bio page says that he moved to North Carolina before the start of the 2008 racing season after signing a deal with Bill Davis Racing to participate in the ARCA Racing Series superspeedway events, a number of races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and to participate in a testing program.

 

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