AVON, Ind. (AP) – Al Unser Jr., twice retired from Indianapolis 500, was arrested in downtown Indiana and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
The Indianapolis Star reports police records that Unser, 57, was arrested early Monday in Avon, west of Indianapolis. He was imprisoned around 3:20 a.m. in Hendricks County.
Unser is a consultant to the Harding Steinbrenner Racing team, who tweeted on Monday that he supports Unser "the way he needs" and that "alcoholism is a disease and a continuous battle for those who fight against it."
Unser's lawyer declined to comment Monday.
Unser competed 19 times in the Indianapolis 500, winning the race in 1994 and 1992. He also won two CART point titles and two IROC championships.
He was arrested in New Mexico in 2011 on drunk and reckless driving charges. In 2007, he did not plead guilty to driving under the influence charge of a January 2007 accident on a Nevada highway.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com
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05/20/2019 12:27:59 PM (GMT -4: 00)