Country music singer Randy Travis apparently strolled naked into a Pilot Point convenience store in search of cigarettes before crashing his Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in Tioga on Tuesday night and landing in the Grayson County Jail on charges of DWI and retaliation, authorities said.
Travis spent time in the Denton County Jail in February after Sanger police arrested him on a charge of public intoxication.
Denton County sheriff’s spokesman Tom Reedy said Wednesday that county dispatchers received word of a naked man in his 50s demanding cigarettes in the Tiger Mart and then leaving in a black sports car.
Shortly afterward, dispatchers received a report of a black sports car being driven recklessly northbound toward Tioga.
The dispatcher transferred the call to Grayson County because Tioga lies in that county, Reedy said, and notified them of the naked driver.
Grayson County dispatchers notified Denton County at about 11:15 p.m. that the driver of a black Trans Am had been arrested after wrecking the car on FM922 and being found naked on the roadway nearby. He was identified as Travis, 52, who lives on Blanks Road near Tioga.
Grayson County officers noted in a report that Travis threatened to shoot them and he was charged with retaliation in addition to the driving while intoxicated charge.
Travis posted bail of $21,500 at about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. His mug shot shows a black eye and cuts and scratches on his face that the officers said he suffered when the car crashed into barricades after leaving the roadway in a construction zone.
On Feb. 7, a Sanger officer noticed a car in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church with a man passed out at the wheel.
The man — who police identified as Travis — smelled strongly of alcohol and there was a wine bottle in the front seat of the Trans Am, Sanger police said at the time. He believed he was in Tioga and asked to be taken home, according to police reports.
He was released with a citation later that morning.
According to his official website, Travis is celebrating his 25th anniversary in country music this year with a national tour with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood.
He has had 16 No. 1 single hits, including “Forever and Ever, Amen”; “If I Didn’t Have You”; “On the Other Hand”; and “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart.”
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