Racer arrested for drunk driving … while racing

Racer arrested for drunk driving … while racing

Here's a story we hear all too often: a guy was arrested for driving drunk. But here's a twist: he was driving in a race at the time.

Leslie Charles Hunter, 64, of San Jose, Calif. was arrested Friday night on suspicion of driving under the influence at the Watsonville (Calif.) Ocean Speedway. The suspicion came because he was, in the interpretation of the other drivers, racing like a fool. Other drivers had complained that Hunter was recklessly forcing them to the side of the track, and Santa Cruz County police stepped in to investigate.

They found Hunter in the pits, and arrested him on suspicion of DUI and driving with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.08 percent.

Fortunately, there were no injuries. And we don't normally joke about drunk driving, but boy, you've got to be monumentally stupid to race drunk, right? Leave that impairment for the people watching, pal.

[An earlier version of this article depicted a file photo of the track which included a driver that was not Hunter. Yahoo! Sports regrets any confusion with the driver of the car pictured.]

[Santa Cruz Sentinel via Jalopnik]