Country singer Sam Hunt was arrested early Thursday morning (Nov. 21) in Nashville for allegedly driving under the influence and having an open container. WKRN-TV reports that the 34-year-old was stopped by Nashville police for driving the wrong way down an East Nashville road (Ellington Parkway near Ben Allen Road). Hunt was charged with a DUI and possessing an open container and was booked into the Metro jail around 6:30 a.m.
Per WKRN-TV, officers said Hunt was driving south in a northbound lane and his car was swerving in and out of his lane. After performing a traffic stop, officers said Hunt had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. The singer also had two empty beer cans near him in the vehicle. Court documents obtained by WKRN reveal that Hunt, the only person in the vehicle, admitted to drinking alcohol "recently." According to the arrest warrant, Hunt had a blood alcohol content of .173. (The legal limit in Tennessee is .08.)
Hunt was released from jail around 9 a.m. on a $2,500 bond. A court date has been set for Jan. 17, 2020.
WKRN shared footage of Hunt's release from jail.
News 2 cameras were rolling as country music star Sam Hunt was released from the Metro jail.
— WKRN (@WKRN) November 21, 2019
The singer released his debut album Montevallo in 2014. The album spawned the hits "Leave the Night On," "Take Your Time," "House Party" and "Break Up in a Small Town." In 2017, Hunt released "Body Like a Backroad," which spent 20 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Earlier this year, Hunt released his latest single, "Kinfolks."
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