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NASCAR driver gets busted for DWI

As Jim Utter reports for the Charlotte Observer, racecar drivers - at least when it comes to NASCAR competitions - do not need to have state driver's licenses.

That's a good thing when it comes to NASCAR driver Michael Annett, whose driver's license in North Carolina was suspended for one year (though Annett can apply for a restricted license after 45 days) after a recent DWI conviction.

NASCAR officials said, "We've continued to test Michael as a condition of his NASCAR probation. He appears to be doing everything he needs to in order to make this matter right," as Utter reports.

In addition to drunk driving, the facts of Annett's case involve texting while driving and speeding. He apparently rear-ended a car at a stoplight, which presumably led to his arrest.

It is not clear whether this is Annett's first DWI incident. He did get a suspended sentence that includes 120 days of jail time unless he fulfills all conditions of probation.

Annett was arrested for DWI in Iredell County in North Carolina.

Source: Charlotte Observer, "Annett pleads guilty to drunk driving," by Jim Utter, 7/23/11

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