Dale Earnhardt grandson Bobby Dale charged with DUI

08/13/2013 10:16 AM

08/13/2013 10:20 AM

We could be wrong, but this probably isn’t the best way to kick-start a racing career – especially

when your last name is Earnhardt.

Authorities in Charleston, West Virginia have charged Bobby Dale Earnhardt, 25, with DUI after they pulled him over for speeding and squealing his tires Monday night, reports WSAZ TV in Charleston.

Bobby Dale is the grandson of late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.

Charleston police told local media they went to Charleston’s West Washington Street at about 11:40 p.m. when tires were heard squealing.

They saw Bobby Dale driving a car faster than the speed limit and making wide turns.

WSAZ reports that the officer who pulled him over noticed that his speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy and a strong smell of alcohol was coming from the car.

Earnhardt reportedly told the officer that he had two shots of liquor at a bar. He flunked a field sobriety test with a blood alcohol level of .193, more than double the legal limit, according to WSAZ.

He was charged with DUI and as of early this morning was still in South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.

Bobby Dale is known around Charleston, where he has been raising money to get his professional racing career off the ground. He is starting his rookie season in the ARCA Truck series and was scheduled to host another autograph session today.

According to racing websites, Bobby Dale was 18 when he became a mechanic on the race team of his uncle, Dale Jr., and has dreamed of becoming a race car driver since he was a boy.

He is the son of Dale Earnhardt’s oldest son, Kerry Earnhardt, a former driver who now designs homes.

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