He was charged with driving under the influence and arraigned Tuesday morning by Kanawha Magistrate Ward Harshbarger.
Earnhardt was released on bond Tuesday morning and was scheduled was scheduled to appear at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Beckley to sign autographs Tuesday morning but opted out of that engagement after his arrest, said Lynn Corrie, director of development for Habitat.
"He decided to postpone it," Corrie said Tuesday afternoon. "He was doing this to focus on the good work Habitat for Humanity is doing in the community and he realized that with that happening it would take the focus away from it."
Corrie said they would reschedule the autograph session at a later date. She called Earnhardt a "nice guy" and said she understood his reasoning for postponing. Earnhardt also was scheduled to visit residents at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center Tuesday and said on Twitter he was on his way to "keep my prior promise to the veterans at the va medical center".
"He's such a nice guy, but he is only 25 years old and I have a 25-year-old son, so I understand it," Corrie said. "It's unfortunate, but everybody makes mistakes. I just hope its something he can learn from."
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