BACS Honorable Mention: Randy Travis

A country singer who focused on gospel music for nearly a decade apparently backslid this year with two alcohol-related incidents, including a drunk-driving arrest this week in which he was found lying naked in the roadway and allegedly threatened to kill cops. Perhaps the “Old Rugged Cross” was chopped up to make charred bourbon barrels.

Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated and threatening police officers after the country legend crashed his car and was found nude and combative at the scene near Tioga, TX, where the singer lives. The 53-year-old Travis also was cited in February for public intoxication.

The sheriff’s office in Grayson County reportedly received an emergency call late Tuesday night about a man seen lying in a roadway. Texas Highway Patrol troopers responding to the scene said Travis’ car had been driven off the road after striking several construction barricades. They also said Travis was not wearing any clothes and made threats against the troopers, reportedly saying he’d “shoot and kill the troopers working the case.”

…wrecking his mature sports car less than two years after wrecking his 19-year marriage to his even more mature wife meant he had one less old thing to ride. No wonder he went from gospel singer to drunken wannabe cop killer.

Maybe Travis was naked because he was so distraught after after wrecking his super awesome 1998 Pontiac Trans Am that he went all Old Testament and rent his clothes like Mordecai did in the Book of Esther. But unlike Mordecai, Travis didn’t have any sackcloth or ashes handy to put on afterward, so he simply mourned like any other distressed country superstar would: naked, drunk, and fighting cops in Bumf–k, Texas. It’s just a guess.

Randy Travis, seen here with his ex-wife Elizabeth, wrecked his 1998 Trans Am late Tuesday night. Travis seems to have a penchant for riding old things.

But it’s an educated guess, since Travis apparently really likes old things: old cars, old whiskey, old women (his ex-wife, ex-manager Elizabeth “Lib” Travis is 16-20 years his senior, depending on who you ask). Hell, from the looks of his mug shot, his liver probably could pass for 82.

And wrecking his mature sports car less than two years after wrecking his 19-year marriage to his even more mature wife meant he had one less old thing to ride. No wonder he went from gospel singer to drunken wannabe cop killer.

Travis walked out of jail Wednesday morning on $21,500 bond after being arraigned. He was photographed wearing blue scrubs, a University of Texas ball cap, and no shoes.

Producers of The Country Music Awards announced that next year’s show will feature Travis’ career in the “In Memoriam” segment.

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