PHOENIX (AP) – Nextel Cup champion driver Kurt Busch had a 0.017 blood-alcohol level on a preliminary sobriety test, far below the state’s impairment limit, the Maricopa County sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

Busch was detained Friday on suspicion of drunken driving and cited for reckless driving after a confrontation with Maricopa County deputies.

He was suspended by Roush Racing for the rest of the season.

Maricopa County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Paul Chagolla said the preliminary test is not admissible in court, but is designed to help indicate the presence of alcohol. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08.

Chagolla said deputies tried to administer an official alcohol breath test but the machine malfunctioned.

None of the six signs that would indicate impairment during another test were present either.

Busch was issued a criminal traffic citation for reckless driving.

AP-ES-11-15-05 1859EST


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