Al Unser, Jr. Arrested for OWI in Avon


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Al Unser, Jr. Arrested for OWI in Avon

Unser, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, was booked into the Hendricks County Jail after his arrest.

AVON, Ind. -- Jail records show two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. was arrested and booked into the Hendricks County jail early Monday morning.

Police records show Unser was arrested by Avon Police and booked into the jail just before 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The two-time Indianapolis 500 champion faces three charges:

  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Endangering a Person
  • Improper Lane Usage on Three (or more) Lane Roadway
  • Speeding

According to court documents, an officer spotted Unser's Volkswagen Beetle going 59 mph in a 45 mph on Ronald Reagan Parkway and U.S. 36. 

The Avon police officer stopped Unser, who he said appeared drunk but denied having had any alcoholic drinks that night.

The officer asked Unser to get out of his car.

Court documents say Unser got out, "staggered to the rear of his vehicle, leaned against the trunk, stepped toward the shoulder, lost his balance, fell to the ground, and then rolled down an embankment."

Unser again denied having had any alcohol and refused a field sobriety test. He was taken for a blood draw at Hendricks Regional Hospital and then transported to the jail.

The officer who arrested Unser said he was "consistently verbally hostile" throughout the arrest process.

Unser, 57, is due in court at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Unser is a driver coach for Colton Herta and Harding-Steinbrenner Racing.

The team has issued the following statement:

(WISH-TV contributed to this article.)

(PHOTO: Hendricks County Jail)

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