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Grandson of NASCAR founder arrested on drug charges

SARAH LARIMER AP 09.10.2009 01:01
Grandson of NASCAR founder arrested on drug charges - USA - crime - NASCAR - drug - J.C. France - Sports - motorsports

Daytona Beach, FL (AHN) - J.C. France, a Rolex Grand-Am Series driver and the grandson of late NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., was jailed on an alleged drug charge after being pulled over for racing over the Seabreeze Bridge.

J.C. France faces charges of possession of narcotics and driving under the influence. France posted $4,500 bond and was released from Volusia County jail Thursday afternoon.

France, 43, was driving a 2007 green Lamborghini when he was stopped shortly after midnight Thursday. Authorities believe he was racing his half brother, 40-year-old Russell Van Richmond. France failed to stop at a traffic light and swerved on the roadway before coming to a stop in a parking lot.

Richmond, who was driving a 2003 Porsche when he was stopped, reportedly threatened the officer during the arrest.

"No, this is a mistake for you," he told the officer, according to the report. "I'm a France, we own this city."

Authorities continued with the investigation, and Richmond called for their commanding officers.

"You're done," he reportedly told an officer. "Your job is over. This is the biggest mistake ever and your (sic) so done in Daytona."

While conducting a search during the traffic stop, authorities found containers with a "white cakelike substance." The substances gave a presumptive positive reactions for cocaine when they were tested.

Richmond faces two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence and two counts of threatening a police officer. He posted $10,500 bond and was released from custody Thursday.


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