Country singer and song-writer Randy Travis was booked by Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in North Texas Tuesday night after a 911 call reported that a naked man was seen near a car wreck. It turns out the car was Travis’ 1998 Pontiac Trans Am that had crashed through several construction barricades on a side construction road.
Travis then walked naked to a nearby convenience store asking for cigarettes and was met with confused clerks who asked how he was going to pay. He then walked back to the ditch where his car was crashed to wait for the inevitable police inquiry.
When officers arrived at the scene, they described Travis as combative and that he smelled strongly of alcohol. After the 53-year-old refused to cooperate, he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was also slapped with a retaliation charge — a third-degree felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine — after making threats while in the back seat of the cruiser. Travis allegedly saying he would “shoot and kill the Troopers working the case.”
Somehow he managed to snag a black t-shirt for his mug shot photo, showing a nasty black eye and several cuts on his face that were caused by the crash.
Travis initially refused a breathalyzer test, but had an early morning search warrant was issued by a judge authorizing a blood specimen which is currently pending.
Wednesday morning, Travis bailed out from the jail in Sherman on a $21,500 bond and was spotted wearing some blue paper scrubs outfit (did we mention he was naked?!) and an orange Texas Longhorns hat.
Strangely enough this isn’t the first drunken run-in Travis has had with the law this year. This past February, he was charged with public intoxication after parking in front of a church in Sanger, Texas.
Speculation about the reasons for his reckless drinking and driving are simple enough: he’s coming out of a really bad divorce and costly legal battle with Elizabeth Travis — wife of 19 years until they divorced in 2010. Mrs. Travis was later fired after more than three decades of service but it appears he’s the one not taking things too well after she realized she could just sue his pants off (literally, he was found naked?!) earlier this year.
Elizabeth Travis claims in court documents that Randy Travis made it impossible for her to do her job and terminated her contract without proper notice. She said her ex-husband sent several men and an armed guard, to boot her out of her offices.