Lynn Anderson was arrested Thursday night (Sept. 11) in Nashville for driving under the influence. Anderson was involved in a collision at the corner of West End Avenue and 31st Avenue at about 9 p.m. She admitted to drinking alcohol and taking prescription medication before the accident, according to an affidavit.
The 66-year-old singer, whose signature song is the Grammy-winning classic “Rose Garden,” entered the Davidson County Jail at about 12:30 a.m. following a field sobriety test. She left the jail at 4:30 a.m. after posting a $5,000 bond.
In a written statement issued Friday morning by her publicist, Anderson acknowledged her responsibility and expressed regret over the incident.
“I apologize for the choices I made and subsequent actions on Thursday evening that ultimately resulted in the accident,” she said. “By the grace of God, I am very grateful that no one was injured as a result. I am committed to the accountable steps that I will be facing on the road to recovery and am deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path.”
Anderson has a history of similar charges. In 2006, she was arrested after rear-ending another vehicle near Española, New Mexico . No one was injured in the collision. At that time, she was a resident of Taos, New Mexico.
In 2005, she was accused of stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a food and drug store in Taos and was charged with a felony count of battery on a police officer after she struck an officer in the arm while being led to a patrol car. In an agreement with the Taos district attorney’s office , the shoplifting charge was dismissed as long as Anderson did not commit other offenses.
In 2004, Anderson was charged with drunk driving near Denton, Texas, after authorities found her passed out in a car on the shoulder of a highway. Another driver had called the police after Anderson’s car was weaving. The driver followed Anderson’s car until she pulled over on the shoulder. Upon arrival, the police officer woke Anderson up, performed a field sobriety test, then arrested her. She was released on $1,000 bond in that charge.