Rusty Wallace Racing driver Michael Annett was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving while intoxicated, texting while driving, failure to reduce speed and resisting an officer in the Mooresville area, ESPN.com is reporting.
Annett had a blood alcohol content of .32, four times the legal limit of .08, and was said to have been charged with resisting an officer because he did not want to be handcuffed.
Following the incident, RWR issued a statement:
Rusty Wallace Racing is aware of a traffic incident over the weekend involving Michael Annett, driver of our team’s #62 car. We have been in contact with both the authorities and NASCAR and are finishing our internal investigation into the facts. 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. Among these will be successful completion of a comprehensive alcohol awareness program, a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol use, a year-long community service program and additional internal sanctions.
Additionally, Annett apologized for the incident. He said:
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; 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.