The Sanger, TX, police department has released the dash cam video of country music legend Randy Travis’s public intoxication arrest.
The singer was arrested on February 6 after officers found him sitting in a parked car in a church lot with a bottle of wine:
KXAS-TV recounts the exchange between Travis and the officers:
Officer Carl Parker knocked on the window and asked what was going on.
“Oh, I was asleep,” Travis told him.
“Asleep? Do you have any ID on you,” Parker said.
Travis couldn’t find his ID but told the officer his name. He said he was originally from North Carolina but was living in Tioga.
Travis’ words were slow and slurred, prompting Parker to ask Travis if he had had anything to drink.
“Yes, sir, I have. But I am not driving, as you can see,” Travis said.
At one point, Travis even asked Parker for a ride home.
“If you could give me a ride to the house I called in Tioga, I would be grateful,” Travis said.
The video shows a few more officers arriving on the scene. In the video, Parker went back to his car to talk to dispatch and calmly told the dispatcher what Travis just told him.
“Subject stating he is the Randy Travis and that he has a driver’s license out of New Mexico,” Parker, who is off camera, can be heard saying.
The dispatcher, seemingly stunned after recognizing the name, answered: “I don’t know what to say.”
“Do you want to send us a picture for verification?” the dispatcher said.
At that point, the officers asked Travis to get out of his car. Travis can be heard struggling to open the door before opening it.
“Here’s what’s going to happen tonight,” Parker told Travis. “You’re going to go to jail for public intoxication.”
“Really? Are you kidding me?” Travis said.
Parker told Travis he needed more information about him.
“Maybe once we get to the jail, we can figure out who … get some more information on you, who you are,” he said.
“Are you kidding me?” Travis said.
One officer had earlier removed what looked like a wine bottle out of Travis’ car.
When officers tried to get Travis in position to handcuff him, he said: “You fixing to put handcuffs on me, are you? Is that what you’re fixing to do?”
“Yes, sir, I need your left hand, please,” an officer said.
For the most part, Travis was compliant. However, he did get perturbed once in the police car:
While waiting for the gate to the jail to open up, Travis can be heard complaining about being in handcuffs.
“Yeah, put these [expletive] handcuffs on somebody who — yeah, I’m about as threatening as a cat,” Travis can be heard saying in the back of the car.
Police say Travis, whose hits include “Forever and Ever, Amen,” was brought to the Denton County jail about 1:30 a.m. and released six hours later.
The singer, who lives in the small town of Tioga near Sanger, apologized in a statement to The Associated Press “for what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl.”
Travis, who launches a concert tour Friday, says he’s “committed to being responsible and accountable.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.