Report: NASCAR driver arrested for DWI
Michael Annett, who drives for Rusty Wallace Racing, was arrested in Mooresville, N.C., early Sunday and charged with driving while under the influence, failure to reduce speed, texting while driving and resisting a public officer, according to a report.
According to a police report obtained by WCNC.com in Charlotte, N.C., Annett rear-ended a car that was stopped at a red light.
A Mooresville police officer said he noticed Annett shoving breath mints into his mouth and requested that another officer come to the scene to administer a DWI test, according to WCNC.
According to the police report, Annett had a blood alcohol concentration of .32. The legal limit in North Carolina is 0.08.
“I am deeply remorseful for my actions and my extreme lack of judgment," Annett said in a statement released by Rusty Wallace Racing, according to SPEED.com. "I let down my team, my sponsors, my fans and family; I sincerely apologize to everyone that I hurt. This truly was 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.”
The biography page on Annett’s website says he moved to North Carolina before the start of the 2008 racing season. That was after he signed a deal with Bill Davis Racing to participate in the ARCA Racing Series superspeedway events, some races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and to participate in a testing program.
He joined Rusty Wallace Racing for the 2011 season and drives in the Nationwide Series.