Sam Hunt was arrested and accused by the Nashville Police Department of driving under the influence of alcohol and of having an open container in his car. Hunt was stopped by police after officers spotted his car traveling on the wrong side of the road, a police report said.
He was booked into the Metro jail around 6:30am on charges of driving under the influence with two open containers, according to a police report.
Police say the 34-year-old smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes, reports WKRN. Officers tell the outlet that the singer had issues obtaining his license and handed over his credit card and passport, while his license sat in his lap.
Here’s what we know:
His BAC was .173
Hunt admitted to drinking alcohol “recently”. Multiple reports state that Hunt’s breathalyzer test came back with a .173, more than twice the legal limit. He was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the arrest.
Witnesses say that Hunt swerved across the center divide a number of times while driving his vehicle.
He Was Released on a $2,500 Bond
Hunt was released from jail around 9 am on a $2,500 bond. A court date has been set for January 17, 2020.
With over 2.2 million followers on Instagram and a huge fanbase, it should come as no surprise that fans are already posting comments on the singer’s social media account. One fan wrote on Hunt’s most recent picture, “Wow drinking and driving..! Your not setting a very good example.” Another added, “Yikes. You should be f****** ashamed of yourself. You could have killed someone. You lost a lot of fans after your stunt last night.”
One man pointed out on Twitter, “I hope he gets the help he needs. This comes less than two weeks before his scheduled concert at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.” On December 4, Hunt is slated to perform along Chris Janson and Blanco Brown.
Hunt hails from Cedartown, Georgia, and has grown to become one of the most famous country stars around. He signed a recording contract with MCA Nashville in 2014, and his EP, released in August of that year, debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 and No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country charts. He sold 8,000 copies in his first week.
Hunt has received an American Music Award, a CMT Music Award, and a number of nominations for Billboard Music Awards and Grammy Awards for his work. Some of his most famous hits include “Take Your Time”, “Body Like a Back Road”, “House Party”, and “Come Over.” “Body Like a Back Road”, Hunt’s arguably biggest hit, was released in February 2017.
This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.