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Aug 10

Randy Travis Out of Jail; 911 Call Released

Randy Travis photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

The 911 call from the man who found Randy Travis lying in the middle of the road naked Tuesday night has been released by the Grayson Country Sherrif’s Office in Texas, reports Billboard. The caller, ‘Andrew,’ found Randy with no car in sight and initially thought he was a deer.

“I just found a guy laying in the road,” Andrew says in the recording. “I’m spooked out. I don’t see a vehicle, there’s a couple of cones scattered.”

According to officials, Randy was naked and threatened to kill state troopers when he was arrested late Tuesday night and charged with driving while intoxicated and retaliation or obstruction. He was released Wednesday on $21,500 bond from the jail in Sherman. This is Randy’s second arrest involving alcohol this year after being cited in February for public intoxication.

The sheriff’s office in Grayson County received the 911 call at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday from west of Tioga, where Randy lives. Texas troopers responding said a Pontiac Trans Am registered to Randy had been driven off the road and struck several barricades in a construction road.

Tom Vinger, a Department of Public Safety spokesman, said Randy was not wearing any clothes when found and made threats against the Texas troopers. He also said Randy refused sobriety tests, so a blood sample was taken.

“Travis had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. “While Travis was being transported, Travis made threats to shoot and kill the troopers working the case.”

In the mug shot released, Randy appears bruised and scratched. “I know the vehicle suffered significant damage to the front end during the wreck,” Vinger told the Associated Press when asked how Randy suffered his facial injuries.

District Attorney Joe Brown said the felony retaliation or obstruction charge could be referred to a grand jury within a month or six weeks. The DWI case could be filed as soon as prosecutors decide whether to proceed. The felony count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

The last couple of years have been difficult for Randy. He divorced wife Elizabeth Travis in 2010 after 19 years but initially retained her as his manager, a position she held for more than 30 years. Earlier this year, Elizabeth filed a lawsuit claiming he made it impossible for her to do her job and that he had terminated her management contract without proper notice. Randy countersued in May with accusations that she divulged confidential information about him to damage his reputation and career.


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