Grammy-award winning singer Randy Travis doesn't want the public to see his recent DWI arrest. The reason: he's only wearing his birthday suit! Now he's taking the attorney general to court over it.
2012 was not a good year for Travis. He was arrested twice for alcohol-related incidents. And he only had his clothes on in one of them.
Randy Travis's recent dealings with police play out like an old country-western song.
Caught drunk, naked and arrested for crashing his Trans AM along a rural road in Texas. Travis's mug shot from the August, 2012 incident was released. He is bruised and scratched.
His car also pretty banged up.
A local newspaper, the Herald-Democrat, snapped a photo of Travis leaving jail wearing county-provided scrubs and no shoes.
According to Travis's Attorney Larry Friedman, during sentencing, the North Texas judge ordered the DPS dash camera video never be made public.
"This is a particularly neat circumstance and the defendant in this case Randy Travis was naked during the course of the entire video. The court at the time thought it was appropriate to protect Mr. Travis's privacy. The court found that there was public interest in viewing the video tape of Mr. Travis naked and permitted an order of protection of that video tape and ordered that the videotape be destroyed," Friedman said.
DPS, Friedman said, objected to the ruling and sought the opinion of the attorney general's office. The AG's office said a portion of the information must be withheld, but the remainder could be released.
Before the media could get their hands on it, Travis filed this lawsuit.
"You know with the technology today, the likelihood that something like that would go viral and never being able to control it or capture it. There's more likelihood it would be abused than serving a purpose," Friedman said.
As of now, the video remains hidden from view as DPS waits on a ruling from the court. And Travis is hoping it will be "forever and ever amen."