Griggs Takes Joy Ride, Straight to Jail

A joy ride shortly before 3 a.m. Friday (Feb. 16) led to Andy Griggs’ arrest, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. On tour in Florida, the RCA recording artist and bandmate Kevin Weaver spotted an ambulance, keys inside, in a Days Inn parking lot on the north side of the city. Paramedics from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, stationed at the Days Inn, told police they heard the vehicle start up and looked out to see the two men driving away in the car, the newspaper account says. After traveling a short distance, Griggs and Weaver returned to the hotel and were talking to the paramedics when police arrived and charged the men with grand theft auto, a third-degree felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in jail. Police told The Tennessean that the two men won’t go to jail because they have no criminal record in Florida. Griggs and Weaver both posted $1,000 bond and were released around 8 a.m. Friday. TMH executive Ron Brafford told the Tallahassee Democrat that leaving keys in a vehicle is against company policy, and the employees were reprimanded. Griggs, a native of Monroe, La., performed for three years with gospel singers Jerry and Tammy Sullivan before moving to Nashville in 1995 and landing a deal with RCA Records. He released his self-titled debut album, a set that includes a duet with outlaw Waylon Jennings, in April 1999. The collection generated three Top 10 singles: “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely,” “She’s More” and “I’ll Go Crazy.” Griggs’ current hit is “You Made Me That Way,” at No. 19 on Billboard’s country singles chart.