By Frank Heinz
Country superstar Randy Travis is facing a felony charge for allegedly threatening to shoot a state trooper during a DWI arrest in North Texas Tuesday night, police say.
According to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Travis was arrested Wednesday following a single car crash on Farm-to-Market Road 922 at Clover Road near Tioga.
Sources tell NBC 5 that prior to the crash, a call was placed to 911 by a store clerk who reported Travis had walked into a convenience store naked to buy cigarettes. The clerk said there were words exchanged and that Travis left without making a purchase.
A short time later, a second call was received by 911 saying a man was found lying in the roadway along FM 922 near Clover Road.
State troopers, responding to the 911 calls, arrived at the scene and found Travis, who refused a blood and breath test, with a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and several other signs of intoxication, police said
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The state trooper that arrested Travis placed him into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated — a Class B misdemeanor.
During the arrest, police said Travis threatened to shoot and kill the troopers working the case. Consequently, Travis was also arrested on a charge of retaliation, a third-degree felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to Grayson County District Attorney Joseph Brown.
A search warrant was granted by a judge for a blood specimen, which was later taken at a local hospital. Travis was booked into the Grayson County Jail just before 5 a.m.
Brown added that Travis’ February arrest for public intoxication will be taken into consideration when the case goes before the court.
Travis, wearing a UT hat and scrubs (video above), was released Wednesday morning after posting bond of $1,500 for the DWI charge and $20,000 for the retaliation charge.
February Public Intoxication Arrest
Earlier this year, Travis was parked in a church parking lot in Sanger, not far from his ranch in Tioga, when he was approached by an officer.
The officer reported a strong odor of alcohol was coming from the vehicle and an open wine bottle on the passenger seat. The officer went on to report that the longer they talked, the more slurred Travis’ speech became.
Travis told the officer he’d had an argument with his girlfriend and was trying to get back to his ranch in Tioga, which was about 20 miles away.
In that incident, Travis was arrested on a charge of suspicion of public intoxication. A week later, dashcam video of the arrest was released.
NBC 5’s Deborah Ferguson and Catherine Ross contributed to this report.
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