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BC-CAR--Unser Jr-Drunken Driving,1st Ld-Writethru

May 20, 2019

AVON, Ind. (AP) — Retired two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. has been arrested in central Indiana and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The Indianapolis Star reports from police records that the 57-year-old Unser was stopped early Monday in Avon, just west of Indianapolis. He was jailed about 3:20 a.m. in Hendricks County.

Unser is a consultant with the Harding Steinbrenner Racing team, which tweeted Monday that it supports Unser “in any way that he needs” and that “alcoholism is a disease and a continuing battle for those struggling with it.”

Unser’s attorney declined to comment Monday.

Unser competed 19 times in the Indianapolis 500, winning the race in 1994 and 1992. He also won two CART points titles and two IROC championships.

He was arrested in New Mexico in 2011 on drunken and reckless driving charges. In 2007, he pleaded no contest to a driving under the influence charge stemming from a January 2007 crash on a Nevada freeway.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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