Randy Travis is taking his fight to block the release of video footage from his 2012 DUI arrest to the federal courts.
The video was filmed at the scene of the singer’s one-car crash in Tioga, Texas, about 60 miles north of Dallas. Police found Travis lying in the road with no clothes on. He was reportedly incoherent and aggressive towards the officers. He pled guilty to driving while intoxicated after his blood-alcohol level was found to be twice the legal limit.
Five years later, video shot from a police dashboard camera is still in limbo. Attorney General Greg Abbott feels the footage should become public knowledge under the Texas Public Information Act. The Travis County district and the 3rd Court of Appeals ruled in agreement with Abbott. The Texas Supreme Court is also upholding that ruling.
With all Travis’ appeals seeing rejection, he’s now turning to the federal courts. The lawsuit filed Sunday (Sept. 10) in Austin asks U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks to block the video’s release.
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“What is not known, and should remain private, are how his compromised medical condition and mental state affected his physical actions, mannerisms and words,” the lawsuit reads, according to the American-Statesman.
Travis suffered from a stroke the year following his DUI arrest. The lawsuit states that releasing the video is unfair now that Travis is in no position to defend his actions.