Travis pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge

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Entertainer Randy Travis, center, makes comments after exiting the Grayson County Courthouse with his attorney Larry Friedman, left, and an unidentified person, right, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Sherman, Texas. Travis plead guilty to driving while intoxicated in a plea agreement with the court and will pay a $2,000 fine and serve a two year probation.

Randy Travis pleaded guilty Thursday at Grayson County Court at Law No. 1 to a Class A misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. The charge stems from an incident last August that began in Pilot Point.

Officials with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office originally reported their dispatchers received word of a naked man in his 50s demanding cigarettes at a Tiger Mart in Pilot Point before leaving in a black sports car the evening of Aug. 7.

Not long afterward, Denton County dispatchers transferred the call to Grayson County after a vehicle with a similar description was reported driving recklessly northbound toward Tioga.

Shortly after 11 p.m. that evening, Grayson County authorities discovered a naked man, later identified as Travis, lying in the middle of FM922 near a wrecked black Trans Am. Officers reported Travis, a resident of Tioga, smelled strongly of alcohol and threatened to shoot them during his arrest. He was charged with retaliation in addition to driving while intoxicated.

Travis, now 53, posted bail of $21,500 the following morning.

Pursuant to a plea agreement reached with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office, Travis was sentenced to 180 days in jail, probated for two years, and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Travis also was ordered into an in-patient alcohol treatment facility for a minimum of 30 days and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. He also is required to have an ignition interlock device in place on any vehicle he drives for the full duration of his probation. As part of the plea, Travis will not be charged with the felony offense of retaliation.

“We feel it is appropriate in these circumstances,” Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown stated in a news release issued Thursday afternoon. “His punishment is considerably more than is typically received on a DWI case.”

The charge against Travis, alleging his blood alcohol content was greater than .15, was punishable by one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Travis battled numerous legal woes in 2012 in North Texas. He was found drunk in a church parking lot in Sanger in February. Then, his legal troubles continued in August — first in Grayson County and then followed by an assault citation issued by the Plano Police Department in connection with fighting in a church parking lot.

Travis pleaded not guilty to a charge of simple assault at a court in Plano in December while wishing everyone a “merry Christmas.” There will be a trial for the simple assault charge set for March 11, according to The Dallas Morning News.

To date, he has had 18 No.1 singles, including “Forever and Ever Amen” and has received seven Grammy Awards, according to Travis’ official website.

 

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is mgray@dentonrc.com .


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