By John Clark
Randy Travis will reportedly avoid a stint in jail after pleading guilty to drunk driving this week, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Sources say the country music legend was arrested by police officers near Tioga, Texas, last August after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am into a construction site.
According to the police report, the 53-year-old entertainer had a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent at the time of his arrest, which is more than twice the legal limit in Texas of 0.08 percent.
The police report also alleged that Travis was “belligerent” at the scene of the accident. Specifically, Travis initially refused to take a breathalyzer test and he also threatened to shoot the officers who worked on his case.
Even more bizarre, the incident reportedly started after a witness called 911 and told the dispatcher that a naked man, presumably Travis, was lying in the road.
For his antics, Travis was charged with “retaliation and obstruction,” in addition to the DUI charge that was leveled against him after the accident.
Sources say that Travis was able to drop the retaliation and obstruction charge by pleading guilty to driving under the influence.
Under the terms of his plea bargain, Travis will have two spend two years on probation, perform 100 hours of community service, attend an alcohol treatment facility, and pay a $2,000 fine.
In addition, the court will install an ignition interlock device on any car Travis drives. These instruments prevent drivers from starting their cars if they are intoxicated, according to sources.
However, if Travis fails to abide by the terms of his probation, he will likely be sent to jail. And local sources have been quick to note that the celebrity did not receive any favors from Grayson County officials.
According to Joe Brown, the local district attorney, Travis received a sentence that was “considerably” more strict than the sentence that is “typically received” for similar DUI cases.
Brown also said that first-time DUI offenders are “rarely forced into in-patient treatment,” and noted that the singer’s “fine and community service requirements are more than double what is usually received.”
Finally, Brown also noted that the relatively high level of punishment given to Travis was “appropriate in light of his behavior with the officers.”
To his credit, Travis thanked the court for its “courtesy” before his sentencing, and expressed gratitude to the responding officers for “taking care of me that night.”