Texas cops: Randy Travis, after a crash, was not sober, not dressed

Randy Travis, front, exits the Grayson County jail Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, in Sherman, Texas, after being arraigned on charges of driving while intoxicated and retaliation. (AP Photo/The Herald Democrat, Chris Jennings) (AP Photo/The Herald Democrat, Chris Jennings) TV OUT; MAGS OUT; TV AND MAGAZINE CALL FOR RATES TERMS;MANDATORY CREDIT
Randy Travis, front, exits the Grayson County jail Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, in Sherman, Texas, after being arraigned on charges of driving while intoxicated and retaliation. (AP Photo/The Herald Democrat, Chris Jennings) (AP Photo/The Herald Democrat, Chris Jennings) TV OUT; MAGS OUT; TV AND MAGAZINE CALL FOR RATES TERMS;MANDATORY CREDIT (Chris Jennings)
Posted: August 10, 2012

Country singer Randy Travis behaved like he was in a country song.

Near his home in Tioga, Texas, Travis has been charged with drunken driving and threatening law officers after running his Pontiac Trans Am off the road Tuesday night and striking several construction barricades.

And he was naked.

Darn stick shift.

A mug shot released by the Grayson County Sheriff's Office shows a battered-looking Travis in a gray T-shirt, with a black eye and dried blood on his face. When he left jail, he was wearing scrubs, a University of Texas ballcap and no shoes.

It was the second Texas arrest this year for Travis, who was cited in February for public intoxication.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responding to the scene this time around said Travis was not wearing clothes at the time of his arrest and made threats against the Texas troopers, said Tom Vinger, a DPS spokesman. He said the singer refused sobriety tests, so a blood specimen was taken.

Travis was released on $21,500 bond Wednesday morning. Blood test results are pending, but we don't think there's much suspense.

Grayson County Sheriff's Sgt. Rickey Wheeler said the deep-voiced singer faces charges of retaliation or obstruction besides driving under the influence.

"Travis had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication," according to a statement from the sheriff's office. "While Travis was being transported, Travis made threats to shoot and kill the troopers working the case."

A Travis representative said there would be no immediate comment on the arrest.

At least not one that's coherent.

Enjoy retirement, Bob

Bob Hoskins, the 69-year-old British actor best known for 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," announced in a statement that he "will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease last autumn."

"He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career.

“Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."

Tattle television

Jimmy Fallon says he was asked to host next year's Academy Awards but declined the gig.

The talk-show host told the "Today" show's Matt Lauer Wednesday that "it's an honor to be asked by the academy, but it's not my year."

No, his year was 2005, when he starred as Ben in "Fever Pitch."

Leaders of a Hutterite colony in Montana are demanding an apology from the National Geographic Society for a television show they say misrepresented their way of life and poisoned public opinion of them.

King Ranch Colony minister John Hofer says "American Colony: Meet the Hutterites" was supposed to be a documentary about life within the German-speaking agricultural community of Protestants. Instead, he says, the producers turned it into a reality TV show that encouraged discord within the community.

National Geographic Channel's CEO, David Lyle, says that he is happy to meet with the Hutterite elders but that the show was an accurate and fair portrait of their life and that an apology is unwarranted.

Hutterites have been compared with the Amish and Mennonites, but they live in commune-like colonies in the U.S. and Canada.

If you are a bilingual actor or actress between 18 and 25, assuming one of those languages is Spanish, this may be the chance of a lifetime: "Sesame Street" is looking for a new Hispanic character.

The producers of "Sesame Street" told the Associated Press that they are holding an open casting call on Aug. 20 at Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom for a recurring character to join the " ‘Sesame Street' family."

The 44th season of "Sesame Street" will focus on the Hispanic heritage.

TATTBITS

A Washington, D.C., police captain who was demoted after actor Charlie Sheen received a police escort to his comedy show last year has filed a multimillion-dollar whistle-blower lawsuit against the department.

Hilton Burton claims he was punished for telling the D.C. City Council that police escorts for celebrities were a common practice, putting him at odds with Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The chief said that Sheen's escort broke police protocol and that such escorts were generally reserved for government officials and dignitaries, but could be approved for others on a case-by-case basis.

"To me, it's all retaliatory because the chief did not like what I said before the city council," Burton said Wednesday.

The Monkees will perform their first live shows since the death of former Daily News Sexy Single Davy Jones.

Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork announced Wednesday that the group will launch a 12-date U.S. tour in November. It's the band's first tour since 1997.

Jones died of a heart attack on Feb. 29 at age 66.

Police were called to a Costco store in a Los Angeles suburb after Joan Rivers handcuffed herself to a shopping cart in protest against the store, which is not selling her latest book.

The 79-year-old "Fashion Police" host was being filmed by a camera crew Tuesday as she complained that the Burbank store had refused to carry I Hate Everything ... Starting With Me.

Burbank city spokesman Drew Sugars says the store manager called police, who ended up escorting Rivers from the store.

There were no citations or arrests. Only the use of the First Amendment as a publicity tool. n

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report. Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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