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Ex-NASCAR driver arrested for third time in 3 weeks

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP)

A former NASCAR driver has been arrested for the third time in three weeks, this time for investigation of drug possession.

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The Orange County Sheriff's Department said James Edward Neal was arrested Friday, hours after bailing out of jail on charges of attempting to rape a woman. Authorities said a bail bondsman who went to look for Neal saw methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his hotel.

The 56-year-old San Clemente man was arrested May 17 after leading deputies on a high-speed chase in a Corvette. Hours after completing sentencing on charges stemming from the chase, he was arrested Monday on suspicion of trying to rape a woman he had met just once.

Neal was a NASCAR driver in the early 1980s. Deputies did not know if he had an attorney.

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