Randy Travis admits driving drunk, gets probation
Entertainer Randy Travis, center, makes comments after exiting the Grayson County Courthouse with an unidentified person, right, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Sherman, Texas. Travis plead guilty to driving while intoxicated in a plea agreement with the court and will pay a $2,000 fine and serve a two year probation. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Randy Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated Thursday in a case that began last summer when the country music star was found naked after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am.
Travis received two years of probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence. If he doesn't successfully complete the probation, he will face the jail time.
He was 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.
Travis, 53, entered the plea in a court in the North Texas city of Sherman. The misdemeanor was punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
As the singer walked out of the Grayson County Courthouse, he thanked the court and his supporters. He also acknowledged two patrolmen for "obviously taking care of me that night."
Entertainer Randy Travis, right, exits Grayson County Courthouse with attorney Larry Friedman, left, and other members of his legal team Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Sherman, Texas. Travis plead guilty to driving while intoxicated in a plea agreement with the court and will pay a $2,000 fine and serve a two year probation. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
"I'm glad it's behind me," he said of the case.
Authorities have said a Trans Am registered to Travis veered off a road Aug. 7 near Tioga, a town about 60 miles north of Dallas where the entertainer lives. The car struck several barricades in a construction zone.
Prosecutors said Travis was found lying in the roadway naked and was belligerent at the scene and while being transported to a hospital. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.21. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.
The country star, whose hits include "Forever and Ever, Amen," walked out of jail the next morning wearing scrubs, no shoes and a baseball cap.
Travis also had faced a charge of retaliation for allegedly threatening officers, but as part of the plea agreement he will no longer face that charge.
Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said Travis' punishment is appropriate and "considerably more than is typically received on a DWI case."