CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt has apologized for driving drunk in Charleston Monday night.

Bobby Dale Earnhardt posted a message on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.


Bobby Dale Earnhardt

I wanted to let you all know I made a terrible mistake last night drinking and driving and I am thankful nothing bad happened from my stupidity and I know It could have. I’m sorry for letting all my fans friends and family down and Ihope I can make it up to each and everyone of you and in the future be a good role model. I will continue to move forward with my racing career and I hope I continue to have your support thanks.”

Earnhardt, 25, was arrested at around 11:20 p.m. Monday on West Washington Street after police observed him speeding and driving erratically.

“The officer had him do a field sobriety test, which he failed,” said Lieutenant Shawn Williams of the Charleston Police Department. “He had a blood alcohol content of .193.”

Earnhardt lives in Charleston and races in the ARCA Racing Series. He is the grandson of the legendary Dale Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was apparently headed home after a night of drinking at a Charleston watering hole.

“He made a statement he’d been at Denver’s Depot on the West Side and had consumed some alcohol there,” Williams said. “Shortly afterward is where he ran into the police officer.”

Police first spotted Earnhardt driving on Garvin Avenue and pulled him over on West Washington Street. Earnhardt was booked and spent the night in the South Central Regional Jail. He was arraigned Tuesday morning and released on a personal recognizance bond.

Aggravated DUI is a misdemeanor. The aggravated count can be added when the operator’s blood alcohol content is greater than .15. The legal limit for DUI in West Virginia is .08.

Earnhardt kept a personal appearance he had scheduled in Beckley Tuesday afternoon.




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  • Dale Darrell Waltrip Richard Petty Rusty Awesome Bill Irvin Gordon Earnhardt Smith...Johnson, Jr.

    “You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.” - Dale Earnhardt Sr.

  • Jim

    Poor guy

  • Anita

    Everyone makes mistakes, keep working forward, we will continue to support you. If more attention was paid to real criminals then the west side would not be so dangerous. Next time you want to enjoy a cold beer let us know and we will take you home any time. Don't think grand-daddy didn't have his share of run-ins and moonshine nights. He is still proud of you!

  • Buck

    Chad, I don't believe anyone here was interviewing for a job as the next Seinfeld or was planning on quitting their job. Lighten up man, you're boring.

  • Jenna

    Lives here in CHARLESTON??? of all places..

    • Larry

      I know right, last place I'd be living.

  • WV Gal

    These comments make me sick...Have none of you ever made a mistake. If his name had not would not have even been in the news. Leave him alone..

    • mntrbob

      That's what you took from this? How about the fact he was drunk and could have ruined some lives.

      • Larry

        I agree, and I think a lot of people confuse a "mistake" and a "bad choice".

  • Wvredhead

    Chad Knaus has no sense of humor.

  • Joe

    A comedy critic in the commentary section of a news website. I have now seen it all.

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    is he related to ricky bobby dale earnhart?

  • chad

    You all should keep your day jobs. You'll never make it as stand up comedian or as a joke writer for a late night talk show. Your material is hackish and obvious. It's as though you have no creative abilities whatsoever.

    • leroy j gibbs

      I thought my comment was pretty creative

  • ConservativeRealist

    In his statement to police Earnhardt was quoted as saying, "I thought we had a strong car tonight but the darn Ford Tauraus Police Interceptors were just too much...I was driving the NAPA, DieHard Batteries, STP, Goodyear, Valvoline, Firestone, M&Ms, Mountain Dew, Budweiser, Skoal Bandit, Bass Pro Shops Chevy and the back end just seemed to get loose there in turn 2 and the next thing I knew I saw blue lights...At first I thought it was the pace car and I guess NASCAR ARCO Truck Series officials thought I done something worng and gave me a pass through..."

    • In da stickes

      Think of the NASCAR fan support he will have in the South Central Regional Jail. He may find a pit crew.

  • Fubar

    Way to go daddy
    You made grace your b'tch

  • ConservativeRealist

    They probably were able to catch him because he had to make a right hand turn and didn't know how to do it...or he cut a tire down in turn 2...or he was slow in the pits...or there was no one to draft off of...or he ran out of Sunoco race fuel...or someone on the sidewalk was yelling, "Boogety-boogety-boogety, Let's go racing...:"

    • Anita Copodonna

      Very, very witty!!!!