Randy Travis pleads guilty to DWI and avoids possible two years in prison

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Country singer Randy Travis avoided jail time by pleading guilty Thursday to a charge that could have meant two years in confinement and a $4,000 fine.

Travis pleaded guilty in Grayson County to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, for two years' probation. He was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Travis was ordered to participate in an inpatient alcohol treatment facility for a minimum of 30 days and to complete 100 hours of community service. He was ordered to have an ignition interlock placed on any vehicle he drives during his two-year probation.

As part of the plea, Travis will not be charged with the felony offense of retaliation, for which he was arrested Aug. 7, according to a news release from the Grayson County district attorney's office.

Travis was naked when he was arrested after a single-vehicle accident near Tioga, about 65 miles north of Fort Worth. Authorities have said his blood-alcohol level was more than 0.15. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

"We feel it is appropriate in these circumstances," Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said. "His punishment is considerably more than is typically received on a DWI case. First-time DWI defendants are rarely forced into inpatient treatment.

"His fine and community service requirements are more than double what is usually received, and his probation term is the maximum available, and longer than the usual 18 months," Brown said. "All of that is appropriate in light of his behavior with the officers. I spoke at length with the officers involved, and they were in agreement with the outcome. We are all hopeful that Mr. Travis is on the road to recovery."

In January, Travis pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault citation he received after a fight in a Plano church parking lot in August, Plano authorities said.

If Travis stays out of trouble with law enforcement for 90 days, beginning last week, the citation will be dismissed, he will avoid jail time and no conviction will appear on his record, authorities said.

The citation was issued Aug. 23 when Travis was involved in an argument between his fiancee, Mary Beougher, and her estranged husband in the parking lot of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano police reported.

In February last year, after the Super Bowl, Travis got a misdemeanor citation for public intoxication after officers found him sitting in his car outside a Sanger church with an open bottle of wine.

Travis paid a fine after the charge was changed to an open container violation, according to a Sanger municipal court official. Travis was then placed on 90 days' deferred disposition, which was completed in September, the Sanger official said.

Travis has several tour dates scheduled in March including a stop at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth on March 23.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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