Influential country musician Randy Travis was arrested on Wednesday after being discovered naked and apparently drunk at the side of a road, having crashed his car following an attempt to buy cigarettes in the nude.
According to NBC, a convenience store in Pilot Point, Texas called police to report that a naked man had attempted to buy cigarettes – leaving angrily when asked how he would pay for them. Shortly afterwards, a second person called police to report a naked man lying on the side of the road, having crashed his vehicle.
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said that when police found Travis, he refused blood and breath tests, but smelled strongly of alcohol and showed other signs of intoxication, so was arrested for drunk driving. This would have put him in line for a maximum $2000 fine and possibly a short jail sentence. However, during the arrest Travis reportedly threatened to shoot the officers, which added resisting arrest to his charge and increased his potential sentence to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Travis was already on probation for an earlier charge of public intoxication. In February this year, he was discovered drunk in his car outside a church in Sanger, Texas, and was fined and placed on 90 day probation in June. However, because he was charged in Denton County, rather than Grayson County, his parole is not considered to have been violated here.