Singer sues to block patrol car arrest video release

Country star Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent two state agencies from releasing a video of his drunk driving arrest


Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — Country star Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent two state agencies from releasing a patrol car video of his 2012 drunk-driving arrest in Texas.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that the lawsuit filed in Austin names the Texas Department of Public Safety and the state attorney general's office.

Travis pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated. A judge sentenced him to two years' probation and ordered a 180-day suspended jail term.

The judge also granted a defense motion asking that the arrest video not be made public.

Media groups have requested the video. The state attorney general's office ruled May 3 that the judge doesn't have discretion to bar the video's release.

State officials didn't respond to requests for comment early Friday.

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