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Ex-F1 Boss Bernie Ecclestone Arrested in Brazil

Bernie Ecclestone, formerly the chief executive of Formula 1, was arrested in Brazil Wednesday evening, May 25, Reuters reports.

According to Reuters, Ecclestone was arrested after attempting to illegally bring a gun aboard a plane at Viracapos International Airport.

A gun was found in Ecclestone’s luggage during an X-ray screening. According to the report, he had not been aware of its presence within his luggage.

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Ecclestone later posted bail and was able to travel to Switzerland, his original destination.

The 91-year-old Ecclestone became chief executive of F1 in the 1970s, overseeing the series until he was replaced in early 2017, following Liberty Media’s takeover of the company.

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Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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