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Feb 1

Randy Travis Pleads Guilty, Receives Probation in DWI Case

Randy Travis

Randy Travis photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

Randy Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Thursday in a case that began in August when he crashed his Pontiac Trans Am in Tioga, Texas, reports WKRN. Randy received two years of probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

If Randy does not successfully complete the probation, he will face the jail time. He was also ordered to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility, complete 100 hours of community service and have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he operates while on probation.

Randy entered the plea in a court in Sherman, Texas. He thanked the court and supporters as he left the courthouse as well as the two patrolmen who handled his arrest for taking care of him, saying “I’m glad it’s behind me.”

According to authorities, Randy veered off the road on August 7 in Tioga, striking several barricades in a construction zone. He was allegedly found lying in the roadway naked and was belligerent at the scene. As part of the plea agreement, he no longer will face charges related to threatening officers at the scene.

“First time DWI defendants are rarely forced into in-patient treatment,” District Attorney Joe Brown said. “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.”

The judge in the case agreed with a defense motion asking that the arrest video and transcript not be released to the public. The August accident was among a string of recent run-ins with the law for Randy.


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Posted at 7:25 am, February 1, 2013 | Permalink

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