Randy Travis Admits Driving Drunk and Nobody is Surprised
Let me state the obvious. Randy Travis drove drunk. We all knew he did, but yesterday he finally admitted it. If you missed it, here’s what played out last year:
Randy’s first arrest of the year was on February 6th when he was nailed for public intoxication while sitting in his car with an open bottle of wine. Oopsie! Oh, but wait. There’s more. On August 7th, Randy got out of his mind wasted and walked naked into a convenience store and demanded free cigarettes. The clerk turned him down so Randy got into his car and drove away. A little while later police got a call that a man was lying in the middle of the road. When they got there they found Randy, naked and bruised. He’d crashed his car through some barricades and then, somehow, ended up lying on the road. So, obviously, Randy was arrested for DUI, but just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it did. Randy found himself in some steaming hot water because he threatened to shoot and kill the cops who arrested him. That got him a felony retaliation charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine. Oh, and yep, there’s more. On August 24th, Randy was cited (but not arrested) for assaulting a guy who was arguing with his estranged wife. Turns out that woman is also Randy’s fiancée. Randy was charged with a Class C misdemeanor. And THEN the next morning, police found an abandoned, tipped over truck in a Texas field that was registered to Randy. His attorney got everyone to believe that a ranch hand was driving the truck so no charges were filed.
The latest in the Randy Travis saga is that he was in court yesterday and has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for the August drunk driving charge. But get this, Randy probably won’t spend a single day in jail because his sentence was probated by two years. What does that mean? It means that if he can manage to stay out of trouble for two years, he’ll avoid jail. BUT if Randy gets into trouble again, then to the slammer he’ll go.
In addition to the jail sentence, Randy will have to check into an inpatient alcohol treatment facility for 30 days and also has to serve 100 hours of community service. But wait- there’s more. In addition to all that, Randy has to install a device in his car that will measure his blood alcohol level and prevent the engine from starting if he’s drunk.