Randy Travis Busted for Public Drunkenness

Country star was arrested in his truck outside of a church

February 6, 2012 3:40 PM ET
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Randy Travis performs at An Evening With Randy Travis at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
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Randy Travis was arrested early this morning in Sanger, Texas after police found him in his truck, apparently intoxicated, in front of a Baptist church. "An officer detected an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the person, and he noticed an open bottle of wine in the passenger side of the vehicle," Sanger Police Chief Curtis Amyx told Reuters. "His speech was slurred and the officer had a hard time understanding what he was trying to stay."

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The country star was charged with public intoxication and released after a few hours in jail. Since he was parked at the time, Travis was not charged with drunk driving. Public intoxication is a misdemeanor in Sanger, Texas and is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

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