Randy Travis sentenced to rehab after pleading guilty to DWI
Randy Travis pleaded guilty to a driving while intoxicated charge in Texas on Thursday, January 31. The charge stemmed from the singer's naked arrest in August.
Travis received a 180-day suspended jail sentence, 24 months of probation and a $2,000 fine, according to The Associated Press. He was also ordered to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility, complete 100 hours of community service and have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he operates while on probation.
The 53-year-old singer faced a charge of retaliation for threatening officers, he will no longer face the charge due to a plea deal. Lawyers for the singer claim that Travis has stopped drinking alcohol.
The country music singer was arrested on August 7 after the Grayson County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 11:18 p.m. about a man lying in the road just outside of Tioga, Texas. The singer owns the Chrysalis Ranch outside Tioga. He had been involved in single-vehicle accident shortly before the call was placed.
Travis was reportedly naked at the time of his arrest. Troopers smelled alcohol on his breath. The singer refused a blood and breath test. A search warrant was granted to police by a judge for a blood sample, which was taken at the local hospital. At the time of his arrest, Travis reportedly threatened to shoot and kill the troopers
Travis has had several legal problems over the past year. In February 2012, he was arrested in Denton County, northwest of Dallas, for public intoxication after police spotted his car parked in front of a church with an open bottle of wine inside. The case "appears to have been dismissed," according to the wire service.
On August 23, Travis allegedly intervened in an argument involving a woman he knew and her estranged husband. Travis was charged with assault and he pleaded no contest to that case in January. After getting a deal with prosecutors, he received to 90 days' deferred adjudication. According to the wire service it means the incident will be removed from his record if he does not get involved in another assault in that time period.
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.