Randy Travis entered a convenience store in the nude to buy cigarettes prior to his arrest for driving while intoxicated earlier this week, according to San Antonio’s WOAI-TV, an NBC affiliate.
“He walked up, and I said, ‘What are you doing?’” clerk Scott Robinson said in a story posted on the station’s website. “He ordered a couple packs of cigarettes, just like anybody would order a pack of cigarettes — except he was naked. I said, ‘What are you doing in the store naked?’ And he said, ‘Just give me the cigarettes.’”
Robinson said he did not know Travis was famous. Travis left the store after Robinson asked how he was going to pay for the cigarettes. Store owner Mike Ziyadeh told the station Travis is a regular customer at that Tiger Mart.
A police spokesman said Travis was brought to the station naked, but it was unclear if he undressed on the way or if he was discovered without his clothes. Along with an arrest for alleged drunk driving, an additional charge of retaliation was issued after he threatened to shoot and kill the trooper and the trooper’s family, a third-degree felony.
As previously reported, Randy Travis was found by police taking a nap on a Texas road after crashing his car while allegedly intoxicated late Tuesday night (Aug. 7), according to a report by ABC News. The singer was discovered near his home in Tioga, Texas, after a 911 caller reported seeing “a guy laying on the road.”
After posting a $21,500 bond, Travis was released from the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Texas, on Wednesday morning. He was issued paper clothing at the jail. Local attorney Gary Corley, who is a fan of Travis’ music, gave him a ride home from jail as well as a ball cap to wear. Travis left the jail barefoot and wearing blue scrubs.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Travis crashed his 1998 Pontiac Trans Am into barricades in a construction zone, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said. A blood sample was taken after Travis refused a sobriety test. A statement from the sheriff’s office said Travis “had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication.”
Travis was alone at the scene of the accident. While he was being transported to jail, Travis “made threats to shoot and kill the troopers working the case,” according to the statement.
In February, Travis was charged with public intoxication after being found in a parked car by a church in Sanger, Texas, about 20 miles from Tioga. That arrest will be taken into account when Travis’ latest charges are brought to court.