Race car driver Michael Annett was arrested between 1:30 and 2 a.m. on Sunday morning in Mooresville, NC, for drunk driving, texting while driving, failure to reduce speed and resisting an officer. He was released after posing bail and has been cleared to drive in next week’s race at Daytona International Speedway.
According to the police report, Annett rear ended a car that was stopped at a red light and was seen popping breath mints once the police arrived on scene. This ingenious method somehow did not work as Annett blew four times the legal limit with a 0.32 blood alcohol concentration.
Aside from the driving while shitfaced part, these charges seem a little unfair.
The resisting an officer charge comes from Annett’s unwillingness to be handcuffed, so we can understand that because nobody really wants to be arrested. And can you really blame the man for failing to go slow and for texting while driving? His entire job is based around him communicating while speeding. If anyone should be allowed to do those things, it should be a race car driver.
Regardless, the arrest was made and now we can all make race car drunk driving jokes. To save time, we’ll just leave those up to you and continue on with the rest of this story.
Once he had time to gather his thoughts… and sober up, Annett released the following statement:
“I am deeply remorseful for my actions and my extreme lack of judment… 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.”
Sounds like somebody had a few slices of humble pie this afternoon. In all honesty, we’re just amazed that he could form sentences. With a blood alcohol content as high as his, you’re basically drunk for two straight days. And there is no way that he could have been texting while driving. If anything, he was just attempting to text while driving, and as far as we know, attempted texting is not a crime.
So, as evidence by the previous paragraphs, Annett should truly only be charged with drunk driving. Based on his professional background and drunkenness, it seems to us like he just got some bogus cops looking for any reason to write a ticket. Sometimes that sort of thing happens, though. Maybe next time he won’t be so unlucky.
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