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Country singer receives punishment after DWI plea agreement

Drinking and driving has gotten many people in Louisiana in trouble with law enforcement. Fines, jail time and probation-usually some combination of the three-are often the result of being accused and convicted of a DWI charge in the state. There is also the possibility of being sentenced to spending time in a substance abuse treatment center; this is exactly what happened in the recent sentencing of famed country singer Randy Travis.

In August of last year, Travis was allegedly found by police officers in the roadway without any clothes on. Reports indicate that a Pontiac Trans Am registered to the singer veered off a road in his home state and collided with several barricades. These collisions occurred in a construction zone. When police arrived, Travis was supposedly naked and belligerent. He may have threatened the officers at some point, but a charge of retaliation was dropped from his case after a plea agreement was made.

Police transported him to a hospital where his blood alcohol content was supposedly 0.21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. The next day he was escorted out of jail in a baseball hat and a set of scrubs. The subsequent trial resulted in the submission of the aforementioned plea agreement.

The singer pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in the agreement. In return, he received a $2,000 fine, two years of probation, an order to spend no less than 30 days in an alcohol treatment facility, 100 hours of community service, a 180-day suspended jail sentence, and he will be required to have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he operates during probation. If he does not successfully complete his probation, Travis will be sentenced to the allotted time in jail.

A district attorney working on the case of the 53-year-old singer said that the sentence is more than adequate for a first-time DWI defendant. According to reports, the singer's home state allows up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine for the crime.

Source: KSLA, "Randy Travis admits driving drunk, gets probation," Jamie Stengle, Jan. 31, 2013

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