INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr. was arrested early Monday morning in Avon for operating vehicle while intoxicated. Public records confirmed the early morning arrest as Unser, 57, was booked into the Hendricks County Jail at 3:21 a.m. ET.
That’s a big black eye for his reputation. See, this isn’t his first run in with the law. He has a past history of this. Unfortunately, most involved alcoholism.
Unser, was arrested for drunk and reckless driving most recently in his homestate of New Mexico in 2011. Four years earlier, he was arrest again for a hit and run and drunk driving in 2007.
He’s been vocal about his battle with alcohol and seemed to be getting his life back on track. The last few years he’s been employed by Harding Steinbrenner Racing as a consultant and driver coach for 19 year old rookie Colton Herta. HSR released a statement on Monday morning hoping for Unser to get help for his disease but wouldn’t comment any further on his employment status.
“Alcoholism is a disease and a continuing battle for those struggling. At this time, we do support Al in any way that he needs. All additional questions should be directed to Al’s legal counsel, James H. Voyles.
Unser, has made 19 career Indy 500 starts including winning this race in 1992 and again in 1994. His most recent start was in 2007.