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Annett charged with DUI

Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 5:28 pm
By Pete Pistone

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett was charged with a DUI early Sunday morning.

According to Mooresville, N.C. police Annett was charged with resisting arrest, failure to reduce speed and unlawful use of a mobile phone to text as well as the driving under the influence arrest.

Annett had a blood alcohol level of 0.32, well over the 0.08 North Carolina limit.

Annett, who joined Rusty Wallace Racing for the 2011 Nationwide Series season, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Sunday morning.

Wallace released a team statement on the matter:

Rusty Wallace Racing is aware of a traffic incident over the weekend involving Michael Annett, driver of our team's No. 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.

Stated Annett, "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.

Category: Auto Racing

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:51 pm

Annett charged with DUI

0.32?  Almost comatose.  That kid has a real problem.  Much more than what the Rusty Wallace Racing sanctions appear to address.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:56 pm

Annett charged with DUI

This should be another reminder for ALL young drivers and drivers in general, to stay off the sauce if your gonna drive(mikey Waltrip).  Just be thankful it wasnt Steven, Rusty.

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