After a lengthy legal battle, Texas officials released the video footage of Randy Travis’ DWI arrest in 2012.
The three-hour video was filmed by police in 2012 after Randy crashed his 1988 Trans Am outside of Tioga, Texas. The video shows Randy, who is naked, acting belligerent to officers. Randy’s blood-alcohol level was 0.21—more than twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle—and he later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.
Randy’s legal team, which had exhausted its options on the state level, turned to the federal courts in an effort to keep the video private, citing HIPPA laws and the fact that Randy suffered a stroke in 2013 and has no “present ability to comment on the tape or defend himself if necessary.” However, a federal judge denied the country icon’s request to keep the video private.
Randy’s team released the following statement after the video became public:
Randy’s behavior was extremely altered the evening of his arrest due to the state of his mental health, and substances in his body, causing him to do and say things that were entirely out of character. He suffered a severe concussion and sustained numerous other injuries from the crash.
Notwithstanding the release of the tape, Randy and his team will have their day in court regarding the ongoing lawsuit against the State of Texas in relation to the violation of his civil rights.
Randy Travis is well-known to be a loving, caring person who is respectful of everyone, a video that shows anything otherwise only underscores that he was absolutely not himself. Randy is deeply apologetic for his actions that evening. A man of integrity with a good heart, Randy does not and will never condone these types of actions that distort the true beliefs of Randy Travis and his entire family.
photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com