Country singer Randy Travis is looking to get back into the concert tour saddle after working his way through criminal court visits for charges of driving while intoxicated. The 53-year-old crooner is slated to hit the boards starting in March with concerts that include three appearances in Nashville with the Nashville Symphony.
Travis was arrested back in August of last year on suspicion of DWI. According to the official records, he was picked up after he crashed his car. Authorities in Texas claimed he was not dressed and was confrontational when he was stopped. They said blood alcohol tests indicated Travis' blood alcohol content was nearly three times what's allowed.
Earlier this month, Travis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge. Reports indicate that he could have gotten jail time and a fine up to $4,000. With his guilty plea, though, he will face no time behind bars, unless he violates probation, and he's been fined $2,000.
Travis has taken a pledge of abstinence from alcohol after several run-ins with police. As part of his sentence on the misdemeanor conviction, he's slated to go through a 30-day rehabilitation program.
Related to the August DWI, and still not resolved, is a misdemeanor charge of assault. Reports are that he'll plead guilty or no contest when he appears in court and avoid jail time as a result.
Blood alcohol testing is one of the common tools authorities use in their efforts to enforce DWI and driving under the influence laws. The methods and technologies they use are not foolproof. Questioning the results of such tests is a legitimate step for anyone facing charges to take in the course of formulating a viable defense and achieving the best outcome possible.
Source: Taste of Country, "Randy Travis Sentenced in DWI Case," Cory Stromblad, Feb. 1, 2013