36 years in this business has taken me to some great places across this country. Rockford, IL, Aberdeen, SD, Stevens Point, WI, Kansas City, MO, Anchorage, AK, Dallas, TX, Enid, OK and now Fort Smith.
Randy Travis has had another run-in with the law. The Associated Press reports that the country icon has been charged with driving while intoxicated, as well as retaliation, after crashing his car Tuesday night (Aug. 7). The latter charge, according to TMZ, allegedly came after the singer verbally threatened the arresting officer. This is the second time behind bars this year for the Texas resident, who was arrested Feb. 6 for public intoxication in Sanger, Texas, after police found him parked outside a church with an open bottle of wine.
The most recent incident occurred in North Texas, near Randy's home of Tioga, around midnight. Luckily, no one was seriously injured in the single-car crash, though the "Forever and Ever Amen" singer did have several cuts and bruises on his face, as seen in his mugshot. He is currently jailed in Sherman -- about 60 miles north of Dallas -- waiting to post bond, which is $1,500 for the misdemeanor DWI charge and $20,000 for the felony retaliation charge.
Local TV station KTEN reports that Randy was found lying naked in the road after the crash. According to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, the singer "had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication." After refusing both a breath and blood test to determine his sobriety, a judge granted a search warrant for a blood specimen and he was taken to a local hospital. It was on the ride to the hospital when Randy reportedly threatened to "shoot and kill" the officers working the case.
February's arrest led to a misdemeanor charge, and the legendary singer was released six hours later. He issued a statement to the Associated Press that same afternoon, apologizing for "what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl." He went on to promise that he is "committed to being responsible and accountable."
It's been a rocky year for Randy, who is also in the middle of a legal battle with his ex-wife. In April, Elizabeth Travis, who also managed her ex-husband, filed a breach-of-contract suit regarding her professional relationship with her ex. He retaliated in May, accusing her of sabotaging his career. A legal resolution has not yet been met. The couple divorced in 2010 after 19 years of marriage.
Randy has just a few days to straighten everything out. His concert dates resume Aug. 17, and he has a very important gig on Aug. 29, headlining the Got Your 6 benefit concert in Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention. The event will raise money for programs that help military veterans returning home from war.
Story courtesy of www.theboot.com