Sam Hunt Issues Apology After DUI Arrest
By Blake Taylor
November 22, 2019
Sam Hunt is speaking out for the first time since his arrest on Thursday morning (November 21) for driving under the influence.
"Thursday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville," Hunt writes on social media one following, on Friday afternoon. "It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It won’t happen again."
Hunt was booked in Nashville's Metro jail at about 6:30 a.m. on Thursday morning after police received reports of a vehicle traveling south on the northbound lanes in East Nashville. According to court documents, the singer had two open containers of beer in the car with him, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. He also handed police his credit card and his passport when asked for a drivers license.
The arrest warrant indicated that Hunt's blood alcohol level was .173. The legal limit in Tennessee is .08. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and possessing and open container.
The 34-year-old was released from jail around 9 a.m. on a $2,500 bond. He will appear in court on January 17, 2020.
Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville. It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It won’t happen again.— Sam Hunt (@SamHuntMusic) November 22, 2019
Hunt's arrest just after making his return to music with the release of his new single, "Kinfolks." This is the singer's first song shared since 2018's "Downtown's Dead," which followed his 2017 hit, "Body Like A Back Road." In a recent interview, he shared his plans to turn in his new album in January in hopes of having it released to fans before the summer.
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