Former NASCAR Racer Gets Jail Time Following Pursuit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A former NASCAR driver who pleaded guilty to leading deputies on a chase in his Corvette that reached speeds of 140 mph has been sentenced to a month in jail and probation.

James Neal pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony evasion while driving recklessly.

Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino says deputies tried to pull over the 56-year-old at 3 a.m. Monday in San Clemente for a minor infraction, but he took off.

Amormino says Neal was arrested on Interstate 5 in San Diego County after his engine blew up.

NASCAR says Neal was a NASCAR track racer at the old Ascot Park track in Gardena in the early 1980s. He never won a national race.

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