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Randy Travis cited for simple assault in Texas - was alcohol involved?

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08/24/2012 by Corinne Heller

Randy Travis was recently cited for simple assault after he interfered in a couple's argument that took place outside a church in Texas, a police official told OnTheRedCarpet.com, weeks after the country star was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

The police report did not indicate whether or not alcohol was involved in the latest incident, which occurred in the Dallas area on Thursday night.

"We got a phone call at around 10 or 10:30 [Thursday] night about a personal family issue occurring between an estranged husband and wife. The wife was reportedly the girlfriend of Randy Travis," David Tilley of the Plano, Texas Police Department told People magazine on Friday. "Randy intervened and reportedly an assault took place between Randy and husband. There were no injuries reported."

Travis, who has yet to comment about the incident, was then issued tickets for simple assault, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine. In 2010, Travis and Elizabeth Hatcher, also known as Libby, divorced after about 19 years of marriage.

On August 7, Travis, 53, was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas. In the state, a DWI is considered a misdemeanor, but the singer was also charged with retaliation, which is a felony. The latter charge stemmed from threats officials say Travis had made to the troopers.

It marked Travis' second alcohol-related arrest. In February, the singer was charged with public intoxication after being arrested near a church after he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend. Video of that arrest can be viewed here.

The singer later issued a statement, apologizing "for what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl." He also said he is "committed to being responsible and accountable."

Travis is known for hits such as "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" and "Forever and Ever, Amen." The North Carolina native dropped out of high school at age 15 and had struggled with drugs and alcohol as a teenager. He has served time in jail for offenses such as drunk driving, stealing a van, breaking and entering, larceny and drunk and disorderly conduct.

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