Michael Annett arrested with .32 BAC

Updated: February 7, 2011, 5:57 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Annett, a driver for Rusty Wallace's Nationwide Series team, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated, texting while driving, failure to reduce speed and resisting an officer in the Mooresville area.

According to the police report Annett, 24, was arrested between 1:30 and 2 a.m. and had a blood alcohol content of .32, four times the legal limit of .08. A member of the Mooresville police department said the resisting issue occurred because Annett did not want to be handcuffed.

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Rusty Wallace Racing released a statement saying team officials are working with law enforcement officials on the matter and plan stiff punishment for the driver.

"Rusty Wallace Racing does not condone, nor tolerate, substance abuse by any of its employees," the statement said. "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."

Team owner Rusty Wallace, who is also an ESPN analyst, said Annett would be allowed to drive the No. 62 car in the Nationwide race next week at Daytona International Speedway next week.

"It's something I don't take lightly at all," Wallace said. "It's embarrassing for everybody. He's hurt his team, himself and everybody. He's tore up. He spent all day at the shop. He's really remorseful. It was a huge wakeup call for him."

Annett, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, drove the past two Nationwide Series seasons for Bob Germain. He finished 10th and 13th in points before moving to RWR this season to replace Brendan Gaughan. He has no wins and six top-10s in 71 races.

"I am deeply remorseful for my actions and my extreme lack of judgment," Annett said in a statement. "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."

Annett has a court date set for March.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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