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Randy Travis: Country's Buck Naked Outlaw?

Many country singers of yore, like Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt, had an outlaw image that seems completely absent from the CMT-centric country world of today. Of course much of that mystique came from the two singers' long struggles with substance abuse.

Country singer Randy Travis had quite a few run-ins with the law while growing up in North Carolina, but in recent years he seemed to have put his troubled past behind him. Over the past decade, Travis has recorded a string of gospel albums. On Wednesday, however, Travis' outlaw side returned with a vengeance. The country star was charged with DWI in Texas after crashing his car and threatening the responding officers, CBS reports.

All while completely naked.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office received a call about a man seen lying in the road near Travis' home. When Texas Highway Patrol officers arrived at the scene they found Travis naked and combative, according to authorities. He reportedly refused a to submit to field sobriety tests, so a blood sample was taken.

According to authorities, Travis had drove over several barricades in a construction area while drunk. He was charged with DWI and obstruction for the incident. While being transported, Travis reportedly threatened to shoot and kill the arresting officers.

Travis was lucky that the incident occurred in Texas and not Arizona, since Arizona has the toughest DUI laws in the country. Driving with a blood alcohol content of at least .08 percent will get you a minimum fine of $1,250, at least 10 days in jail, a minimum 90-day license suspension, and an ignition interlock system in your car for at least a year.

On top of that, Arizona has a three-tiered DUI system with escalating penalties depending on the driver's BAC. That means the drunker you are, the harsher your sentence will be. Judging by his antics, Travis was probably closer to the super extreme DUI range than a regular old DUI.

Randy Travis was later released from jail on $21,500. Fortunately for those in line of sight, the sheriff's office provided Travis with scrubs to wear during the ride home.

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