Al Unser, Jr. is in the news again, and not in a good way. AP reports that the two-time Indy 500 winner was arrested last week for drag racing on public roads while under the influence of alcohol.

Bernalillo County, New Mexico sheriffs reportedly stopped Unser on Thursday for driving over 100 miles per hour in his Suburban. During the traffic stop, he slurred his speech and registered over twice the legal limit for blood-alcohol levels.

This isn't the first time Unser's gotten himself in hot water. In 2002 he reportedly underwent treatment for alcohol abuse after hitting his girlfriend in the face while drinking in Indianapolis, and in 2007 he lost his license for a DUI in Nevada.

IndyCar has responded to the new charges by suspending Unser indefinitely from his role as a race control official as the matter is investigated further.


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      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are no excuses for drunk driving. Guy needs some jail time....this is not his first offense.
      Erzhan Kz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suburban at 100 mph? Must have been a really long race.
        sqparadox
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erzhan Kz
        Are you kidding me? You've clearly never been to New Mexico. The speed limit is 65 mph on I-40 and I-25 as it goes through Albuquerque, north, south, east and west you'll hit 75 mph speed limits long before you exit Bernalillo county; that's only 25 over. Paseo Del Norte is downhill and straight, speed limits between 45 and 60; assuming you don't catch lights, you can get a car above its rated top speed through sheer momentum. Atristco Vista is long and straight enough to get any car that's capable of it up to 100 mph. In fact, I can say confidently that I have seen people going over 100 mph on all of these roads; and all of those roads have sections inside and outside the city limits. He could have been on any of those roads or many, many others. I'm not condoning it, especially not drunk, but it's not exactly a jaw dropping surprise.
          Erzhan Kz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sqparadox
          I wasn't talking about speed limits or roads. I was talking about a Suburban getting up to 100 mph. If you've driver a Suburban, you would know it takes time for it to reach 100 mph.
          hattie54
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sqparadox
          I'd love go back to NM someday.Its really pretty in Taos,Santa Fe and that road to Eagles Nest, wow.
      Niels Marienlund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like he'll have to unser to the judge on this one.
      Awjvail
      • 3 Years Ago
      herpderp lets drag race my Chevy Suburban herpderp
      tonkatrux
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully he gets help for his addiction. Thankfully no one was hurt. It is kinda funny that he was DRAG RACING. Even roundy-round racers can't shake the thrill of the greatest motorsport on the planet.
      Joe
      • 3 Years Ago
      They have enough laws so they can nab most anyone any time!
      joeshop8
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the Trooper that caught Him should think about racing in His off time, that is some driving!!
      Neal and Barb
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's sad what has happened to Little Al. I hope he can get his life back on the right track. At one time it looked like he was well on his way to becoming an Indy 500 legend.
        Blackstar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Neal and Barb
        Nothing 'happened' to Al. Getting hit by falling asteroids is something that 'happens' to people. He chooses to get drunk and does stupid things afterward. He's a grown man who can make his own decisions and should take responsibility for them just like everybody else. The fact he keeps making the same mistakes means he just hasn't learned anything yet. Maybe someday he will. But that's his choice.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He sounds like someone I could party with. Just sayin'...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        sick of stupidity
        • 3 Years Ago
        type in all caps next time so we get the message better. Is this my tea party loving grandma again?
      warren,
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to love watching him & Fittipaldi together back in the mid-1990s, it's sad to see how bad things have gone for him since. I sure as hell don't approve of his action, but I actually feel sorry for the guy. Alcoholism is a tough demon to fight and even if you're dry for years, it's always there in the background, waiting to strike back.
      ksrcm
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, let's see ... 1. Driving 100 mph on public road - meh, Germans do it every day, big deal. 2. At twice legal limit for BAC - that one is really bad and it IS a big deal. 3. Doing all of the above in a Suburban? That idiocy should get him 5 years on the top of whatever he gets for the first two.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ksrcm
        1. Germans do it on a road with no speed limit. Plus, people move out of the way on the Autobahn when they notice a faster car coming. People in the states aren't only oblivious to this type of driving, but they won't be moving out of the way because they expect the faster car to slow down behind them.
        Ann
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ksrcm
        Germans do it everyday.....they aren't breaking any laws. We cannot pick and choose which laws we think are a big deal and only follow those we like. To do so would result in a society of very arrogant people.
          nickpasq
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ann
          We already have that. They are called libs.
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