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Michael Annett says he's 'deeply remorseful' after DWI charge

Michael Annett joins Rusty Wallace Racing for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
Michael Annett joins Rusty Wallace Racing for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

Rusty Wallace Racing driver Michael Annett was charged with DWI and failing to reduce speed early Sunday morning after a crash in Mooresville, N.C., according to a police report.

Annett, who joins the team this season, struck the rear of a vehicle that was stopped at a red light at the corner of Highway 150 and Williamson Road in Mooresville, says the police report obtained from the Mooresville (N.C.) Police Department.

An officer witnessed the crash, and when he approached the vehicles, observed that Annett was "shoving breath mints into his mouth," the report read. Annett was administered a blood-alcohol test, and the report said his blood-alcohol content was 0.32. That is four times higher than the legal limit of 0.08.


"I am deeply remorseful for my actions and my extreme lack of judgment," Annett said in a statement released by Rusty Wallace Racing. "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."


Rusty Wallace Racing officials said they are reviewing the incident and could hand down sanctions on Annett.


"Rusty Wallace Racing does not condone, nor tolerate, substance abuse by any of its employees," a statement from the team read. "In line with this, RWR is currently working with Michael to develop a package of sanctions which will address this issue. Among these will be successful completion of a comprehensive alcohol awareness program, a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol use, a year-long community service program and additional internal sanctions."