Randy Travis Sentenced in Drunk Driving Case
Randy Travis has received a decision in the court case stemming from a 2012 drunk driving arrest when he was found naked after crashing his car.
The Grand Ole Opry member pleaded guilty in a Sherman, Texas, court to driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor offense that could result in jail time. Randy was given two years of probation, a fine of $2,000 and a 180-day suspended jail stay. Provided he stays trouble free during his probation, he can avoid jail.
The singer was also ordered to spend one month in an alcohol treatment facility and do 100 hours of community service. Additionally, any vehicle that Randy operates during the probation period is to be equipped with an ignition interlock.
According to Grayson County, Texas, district attorney Joe Brown, the punishment was commensurate with Randy's offense.
"First-time DWI defendants are rarely forced into in-patient treatment," noted Brown. "He will be unable to leave the facility for 30 days. His fine and community service requirements are more than double what is usually received, and his probation term is the maximum available, and longer than the usual 18 months. All of that is appropriate in light of his behavior with the officers."
Randy had an unfortunate series of legal run-ins during 2012, beginning with a public intoxication arrest in a church parking lot in February. After his car accident in August, he was also charged with simple assault for a squabble with a man and his wife (also in front of a church). Randy also endured a public and acrimonious split with his ex-wife and former manager during this period.
Thankfully, he seems to be back on the straight and narrow these days. Randy's lawyer Larry Friedman told TMZ back in November that Randy had quit drinking and was sticking to a strict fitness regimen and diet.
Randy also seems ready to move on from his troubles. A spokesperson for the singer said he "is moving beyond the matters of 2012, and looking forward to the opportunities ahead this year, including his concert tour that will begin on March 1. He is inspired and encouraged by the continued support of his friends and fans."