Wednesday, August 08, 2012

That's what happens when you hang with Hank III

Country superstar Randy Travis walked naked into a convenience store to buy cigarettes, touching off a bizarre series of events that ended with him being charged with threatening to shoot a state trooper in North Texas, police and sources said.
According to the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, Travis was arrested Wednesday following a single car crash on Farm-to-Market Road 922 at Clover Road near Tioga.
Sources told NBC 5 that prior to the crash a call was placed to 911 by a store clerk who reported Travis walked into a convenience store without any clothes on asking for cigarettes. When asked how he was going to pay for them, Travis left aggravated and empty-handed.
A short time later, a second call was received by 911 saying a man was found lying in the roadway along FM 922 near Clover Road.
State troopers, responding to the 911 calls, arrived at the scene and found Travis, who refused a blood and breath test, with a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and several other signs of intoxication, police said.
The state trooper that arrested Travis placed him into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated -- a Class B misdemeanor.
During the arrest, police said Travis threatened to shoot and kill the troopers working the case. Consequently, Travis was also arrested on a charge of retaliation, a third-degree felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to Grayson County District Attorney Joseph Brown.
A search warrant was granted by a judge for a blood specimen, which was later taken at a local hospital. Travis was booked into the Grayson County Jail just before 5 a.m.
Brown added that Travis' February arrest for public intoxication will be taken into consideration when the case goes before the court.
Travis, wearing a UT hat and scrubs was released Wednesday morning after posting bond of $1,500 for the DWI charge and $20,000 for the retaliation charge.
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And in honor of Randy pulling a Wirecutter, here's Hank III playing "The Pills I Took".