Randy Travis drunkenly, nakedly threatened state troopers, reports say
Randy Travis at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair
Randy Travis, unedited.
So... what's new with Randy Travis?
Well, he's set to perform at Mystic Lake Casino on September 21, and the next day he'll be at Black Bear. He's got a new album for sale at the Cracker Barrel, and last year, several of his friends -- Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johnson, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, to name a few -- joined him in recording an album of duets in celebration of his 25th year making country music hits. What else is new with Randy? Umm... we hate to break it to you, but... he's having an unbelievably bad week.
Randy's been accused of driving while intoxicated. And crashing his '98 Trans Am into some construction barricades west of Tioga, Texas, near the Oklahoma border. And of threatening to kill Texas state troopers who reported to the scene following a 911 call about a man seen lying on a road.
And of being buck naked through it all.
Travis was released on $21,500 bond yesterday, wearing a jail-issued paper suit. Grayson County Sheriff's Sgt. Rickey Wheeler has reported that the singer faces charges of retaliation or obstruction in addition to driving under the influence. "Travis had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication," according to a statement from the sheriff's office. "While Travis was being transported, Travis made threats to shoot and kill the troopers working the case."
Earlier this year, Travis was charged with public intoxication after being caught drinking in a car following the Super Bowl in February. He's also been in the news following a contentious divorce from his former wife and manager, Lib Hatcher. Hatcher filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband, who countersued in May, accusing Hatcher of divulging confidential information about him in an attempt to damage his reputation and career.
A felony retaliation or obstruction charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. We wish the best for Travis, and hope for a safe journey as he gets all this sorted out.
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