Audio of a 911 call to the Grayson County, Texas Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night reveals that Christian music superstar Randy Travis was found by a passing motorist lying naked in the middle of a rural Texas highway after his vehicle struck a barrier and veered off the road.
“Did you almost hit him?” the 911 operator asks in audio of the call, broadcast on Wednesday’s episode of “Entertainment Tonight.”
“I don’t know,” the man replies. “It looked like a deer at first, but as I came by it very human… I wanna say it was a white male. Light brown hair, I’m not for sure. I wanna say he had no shirt on but I don’t know. I wanna stay in the vehicle.”
The operator then asks if Travis was in an area that’s “noticeable.”
“It’s straight on the road, it’s in the middle of the road,” the man says. “Right there before the bridge.” He apparently did not realize the man in the road was Travis.
His injuries were minor, including some bruises and minor scrapes, but police said he was combative at the scene. Travis was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol, and police said he refused a breathalyzer. The results of a blood test are still pending.
Travis incurred an additional felony charge after police said he threatened to shoot and kill the state troopers who were transporting him to jail. Travis was released the next day after his girlfriend posted a $21,500 bond. It is his second arrest this year related to intoxication.
This audio was provided by the Grayson County, Texas Sheriff’s Department, broadcast by “Entertainment Tonight” on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
Stephen C. Webster
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