Despite efforts by country music icon Randy Travis’ legal team and his wife Mary Davis-Travis’s recent petition to stop the public release of footage from his 2012 DWI arrest, Texas officials have released the three-hour video.
In response, the country star’s team has shared the following statement with the media:
“Randy’s behavior was extremely altered the evening of his arrest due to the state of his mental health, and substances in his body, causing him to do and say things that were entirely out of character. He suffered a severe concussion and sustained numerous other injuries from the crash.
Notwithstanding the release of the tape, Randy and his team will have their day in court regarding the ongoing lawsuit against the State of Texas in relation to the violation of his civil rights.
Randy Travis is well-known to be a loving, caring person who is respectful of everyone, a video that shows anything otherwise only underscores that he was absolutely not himself. Randy is deeply apologetic for his actions that evening. A man of integrity with a good heart, Randy does not and will never condone these types of actions that distort the true beliefs of Randy Travis and his entire family.”
The dashboard camera footage was taken while authorities were responding to the scene of a one-car crash outside of Tioga, Texas and discovered an unclothed Travis lying in the road. The country artist was reportedly incoherent and his blood-alcohol level was found to be twice the legal limit.
Randy’s legal team, which had exhausted its options on the state level, turned to the federal courts in an effort to keep the video private, citing HIPPA laws and the fact that Randy suffered a stroke in 2013 and has no “present ability to comment on the tape or defend himself if necessary.” However, a federal judge ultimately denied the country icon’s request to keep the video private.