LAS VEGAS -- Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. faces a charge of driving under
the influence after leaving the scene of a crash on a Nevada
The 44-year-old Unser was arrested after he was identified as
the driver of a car that sideswiped another on the Las Vegas
Beltway shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, Nevada Highway Patrol
Trooper Kevin Honea said.
Unser's vehicle had little damage, but the other car crashed
into a cement center median. The driver reported no injuries at the
scene, Honea said Friday.
Honea said Unser failed several field sobriety tests before
being taken into custody. Unser was charged with driving under the
influence, misdemeanor hit and run, failure to render aid in an
accident and failure to report an accident.
Andrew Leavitt, a lawyer representing Unser, did not immediately
respond Friday to a message seeking comment.
Unser is the son of Indianapolis 500 racing legend Al Unser and
nephew of three-time Indy winner Bobby Unser. He won the Indy 500
in 1992 and 1994, and won two CART points titles and two IROC
Unser also has had bouts with alcohol abuse and depression. He
underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in 2002 after his girlfriend
said he hit her in the face while drunk in Indianapolis.
Prosecutors did not file charges against him.