Sheriff releases 911 tape from Travis incident

Grayson County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday released the 911 tapes recorded around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night when country music star Randy Travis was found lying on the road near the intersection of FM 922 and Clover Road, west of Tioga.

Following the call to dispatch, several area law officials made it to the scene, including troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Officials said Travis was naked and threatened to kill the state troopers when he was arrested. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and retaliation or obstruction, and released Wednesday on $21,500 bond from the county jail in Sherman.

Along with the 911 tape, the sheriff’s office reported that a female posted a $1,500 cash bond for Travis on the misdemeanor DWI charge. In the same report, it showed that Travis then allowed the woman to post $20,000 on his credit card for the felony retaliation charge.

A representative for Travis said Thursday there would be no immediate comment.

The 911 caller Tuesday night did not identify Travis by name and said upon finding the man in the road, he was “spooked out.”

“I don’t see a vehicle, but there’s a couple of cones scattered,” he told the dispatcher.

The troopers said a Pontiac Trans Am registered to the 53-year-old Travis had been driven off the road and struck several barricades in a construction area.

A photo taken at the Grayson County jail showed Travis’ face to to marked. When asked how Travis suffered his facial injuries, Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger told an Associated Press reporter, “I know the vehicle suffered significant damage to the front end during the wreck.”

Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said the felony retaliation or obstruction charge could be referred to a grand jury within a month or six weeks, while the DWI case could be filed as soon as prosecutors decide whether to proceed. The felony count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

It was the second arrest for Travis this year involving alcohol. He was arrested near a church in Sanger last February and charged with public intoxication. He was reported to have been fined $264 and placed on a 90-day deferred, or probationary, status for that offense.

Although the probation will not expire until Sept. 23, it was reported the current case will not affect it because the original court case was in Denton County, not Grayson.

Travis has won numerous awards for his music, including Top Male Vocalist in 1986, and most recently the Song of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music in 2003 for “Three Wooden Crosses.”

In 2007, he won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration (with Carrie Underwood) for the recording of “I Told You So.”

Following is a transcription of the 911 tape released Thursday. It is marked where there are breaks in the recording.


Caller: “I’m on the road from 337 to, uh, Valley View, and I just found a guy laying in the road.”

Dispatcher: “Is he responsive?”

Caller: “I haven’t got out of my vehicle yet. I’m still staying in my vehicle just to make sure.”

Dispatcher: “Are you OK?”

Caller: “I’m spooked out.”

Dispatcher: “Has he moved at all since you’ve been there?”

Caller: “Not that I see.”

Dispatcher: “He’s just laying there, there’s no vehicles around him?”

Caller: “I don’t see a vehicle but there’s a couple of cones scattered.”

Dispatcher: “Do you think possibly he could have had a wreck?”

Caller: “Uh, maybe, I’m not … I don’t see any vehicle anywhere.”

Dispatcher: “OK.”


Caller: “He was lying in the middle of the road. (inhales) I’m looking back. I see two lights in a bush, but I don’t, I want to … I don’t know if I can verify if they are headlights or not but they are bright, and I … they are probably headlights. I can’t see if the vehicle is close or anything …”


Caller: “I want to say he was a white male, uh, light brown hair, I’m not for sure. Uh, I’m trying to remember. I want to say he had no shirt on, but I don’t know.”


Caller: “Yes, I hear ‘em. I hear ‘em.”

Dispatcher: “You do hear ‘em.”

Caller: Yes, I hear ‘em.”

Dispatcher: “OK, that must be the fire department.”

(tape ends)