Dash-Cam Video of Randy Travis' Naked DWI Arrest Can't Be Destroyed, Appeals Court Rules

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When word came out of Grayson County last August that a drunk and nude Randy Travis had been arrested after crashing his car and lying naked in the middle of a farm-to-market road near Tioga, pretty much every reporter's first instinct was to ask for the dash-cam footage.

No dice. Since it was part of an ongoing investigation, Grayson County could legally refuse. Even after the investigation closed, with Travis pleading guilty to DWI, the judge ordered the destruction of all tapes and transcripts of the arrest.

With that, it seemed that the public would never have the opportunity of seeing the country star being forced naked into the back of a squad car.

See also: Naked Randy Travis Arrested in Grayson County

But wait. The Texas Department of Public Safety, which has a copy of the video, objected to the judge's order and, on Monday, a state appeals court agreed.

In this case, the attorney general has opined that, while parts of the video were confidential, the remainder of the video was public information and was required to be released. By the clear language of the statute, the trial court would err by ordering relator not to produce this public information. It follows that the trial court erred by ordering relator to destroy it.

That's not to say the dash-cam footage will be released immediately. Travis filed a lawsuit in Travis County seeking to overturn the attorney general's decision that the video has to be made public. But it's comforting to know that it still exists.

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Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

A real country singer would take that video, write a song for it, release it, and make country time lemonade.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

At some point, I think that the media needs to ask themselves to what purpose does airing something like this accomplish.

As far as I am concerned, airing the tape serves no purpose other than to ridicule Mr. Travis.

Leave the poor man alone, he has enough problems as is.  Airing this tape is the football equivalent of piling on.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Who is it that wants access to this mess - Has freakin celebrity butt sniffingTMZ taken over the world 

Get a life and move on

JackJett
JackJett

HOW BIG IS HIS DICK?

I mean, lets not beat around his bush and get straight to what readers want to know. 

Cut or uncut?  Low hangers?  Hang to the left or right. 

I have been asking this forever and ever.

Amen.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Montemalone 

Yeah, but he's a Republican.  So instead of owning his mistake, he just sued the government to keep his criminal misconduct a secret.

Fortunately, he lost.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

It accomplishes the goal of public information.  Here, in this country, we have a right to know what our government is up to. 

It's up to him to show a legitimate reason why his criminal misconduct should be kept secret - and he wasn't able to come up with one.

If it embarrasses a criminal that we have him on video acting badly - he has only himself to blame.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Now, if I'd said that queers are just dying to see Randy Travis' wanker, I'd be termed a nazi. Anyway, we thought you were an ass man, dude.

JackJett
JackJett

@ruddski I would not expect anything more than to be called a queer by you.

BUT who exactly are YOU saying would call you a Nazi?  I have assumed by your comments you are about the biggest Jew on the planet and have assume that your blatant homophobia resides deep within your own acceptance of your own sexuality.   But oy vey, can't you make it a day with out a dose of bitter bashing or is that all you have to do in your life these days? 

Every time I read a comment of yours I too assume you are an ASS..........man!

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Wow, talk about a stereotypical hissy fit. Wouldn't a queer expect to be called a queer by queers and non-queers alike? Or has that word been placed back on the banned-word list? Hard to keep up with you gals, even for a dirty Jew.

leftocenter
leftocenter

@JackJett @ruddski

Interesting take -- Ruddy Jewish?  Hmm...playing the stereotype game wouldn't he be a libdem?  This IS fun though, a good game of what does it look like, who wants to see it, and why...

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