Thursday, January 10, 2013
Randy Travis formally charged with DWI for naked crash in August 2012
The DA’s office says the incident “remains under investigation.”
A few days before Christmas, one of Randy Travis’ attorneys told The Dallas Morning News his client is clean and sober and fully “committed to a new fitness regimen that includes a strict three-hour workout every day and a new high-protein diet.” But that wasn’t the case on August 7, 2012, when a naked, unarmed Travis threatened to shoot and kill state troopers when they arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Grayson County officials haven’t forgotten about that incident that involved a one-car crash near his Grayson County ranch and left Travis’s Trans-Am totaled. According to a press release from district attorney Joe Brown’s office, prosecutors filed a criminal charge of driving while intoxicated against the 53-year-old country singer-songwriter. The charge alleges that Travis had a blood alcohol content of greater than 0.15, which makes the charge a Class A misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to two years in jail. Travis could also have to pay a $4,000 fine.
If it seems like it’s taken a long time for the district attorney’s office to bring charges, Brown has an explanation.
“The case has taken some time because of blood tests that have been completed by both the prosecution and the defense,” Brown offers in the statement. “The parties have also been actively negotiating on resolving the case, and we anticipate that we will resolve the matter in a short time period. The filing of this charge allows us to get the case into court, in order to finalize the case as soon as we can.”
It remains unclear how prosecutors will handle the retaliation charges stemming from those threats Travis made against the troopers. A formal charge has yet been filed, and the DA’s office says the incident “remains under investigation.”
As for the DWI charge, no court date has been set. But a preliminary hearing is “scheduled in coming days,” per the release.