NASCAR's Truex Apologizes for Arrest

The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 23, 2007; 4:35 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. apologized Tuesday for being charged last week with disorderly intoxication.

A Volusia County Beach Patrol officer saw Truex urinating on his car in a parking garage early last Friday, according to a police report. Capt. Rich Gardner, who said he smelled alcohol on Truex's breath, repeatedly asked Truex to place his hands behind his back so he could handcuff him before Truex agreed, the report said.

The officer approached Truex, according to the report, and said, "I hope that's worth 100 bucks." According to Gardner, Truex responded with, "It is worth 100 bucks" and held out a $100 bill.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Truex said he joined some team members at a local restaurant after testing last Thursday.

"We had a few drinks, I was not intoxicated and we had a designated driver," Truex said. "Afterwards, while I was standing by our SUV, a man walked up to me in the parking deck. He didn't immediately identify himself as a police officer.

"I was taken a little off guard, but once I realized he was an officer, I fully cooperated. There was no resistance on my part in any way. I don't feel I was being disorderly, but that doesn't make what happened right, and again, I want to apologize for my behavior."


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