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UPDATE: Earnhardt grandson charged with DUI in Charleston

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP and WVVA) -- Racer Bobby Dale Earnhardt is facing a drunken drive charge in West Virginia.

Charleston police arrested the 25-year-old grandson of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt on Monday night and charged him with first-offense driving under the influence.

Cpl. B.C. Basford says in a criminal complaint that he stopped Earnhardt's vehicle after he saw it make a wide left turn at a high rate of speed.

Basford says Earnhardt's eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. His blood alcohol level was .193, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Earnhardt said Tuesday in a posting on Facebook that he made what he called "a terrible mistake."

He said he is sorry for letting his fans, friends and family down. He also said he will move forward with his racing career.

Earnhardt was scheduled to be in Beckley Tuesday morning for an autograph signing, followed by a visit with residents of the Beckley VA Medical Center. He was able to make a visit to the VA Center later that afternoon, but was unavailable for media comment.

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