Just the Facts:
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was arrested early Thursday on a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated here after what appeared to be a street race, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.
Unser told the arresting officer “you caught the slower guy,” according to Jennifer Brown, an attorney and the public information officer for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in a phone conversation with Inside Line.
Unser was driving a white 2011 Chevrolet Suburban at the time of the incident. He appeared to be racing an unidentified black sedan that got away.
“The deputy was running radar and these two vehicles were westbound on Paseo del Norte, a four-lane highway,” Brown said. “At one point, the deputy lost sight, but caught up. The white utility vehicle pulled over. The deputy didn’t confirm they were racing, but Mr. Unser made some admission to the effect that ‘you caught the slower guy.’ I guess 100 mph is not a lot for him.”
The deputy clocked Unser at 101 mph. Brown said Unser was formally charged with aggravated DWI, a charge that indicates his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.
Unser, 49, was released from jail on his own recognizance. He is scheduled for a bond arraignment on October 12 in Bernalillo County Metro Court where he will plead guilty or not guilty to the charge. He lives in the area.
The Associated Press reported that Unser pleaded no contest to a “driving under the influence” charge in 2007. As part of a plea deal, he lost his driver license for 90 days.
Unser, now retired, is the son of Indy 500 racing legend Al Unser and the nephew of three-time Indy winner Bobby Unser. He won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994.
Inside Line says: Watch Unser’s comment to the cop become legendary.