Sam Hunt has officially been indicted on charges stemming from his 2019 DUI incident in Nashville.
According to The Tennessean, Sam was indicted by a Davidson County grand jury last week. He will be formally charged with three counts: DUI, DUI per se, and for possession of an open container. His bond was set at $2,500.
Police were notified when another motorist spotted Hunt driving the wrong way on a Nashville-area road around 4 in the morning. When police conducted a BAC test, Hunt registered a blood alcohol level of 0.173, more than twice the legal limit.
In an interview with Hits Daily Double, Hunt owned up to the mistake:
“It happened. People in my camp were talking about suppressing it, but why would I be afraid to talk about it? If it happens, it’s true. I was raised and taught to respect alcohol. Moderation is important. I’ve never wanted to glorify it. It’s a cheap trick in country music, and I’ve always wanted to avoid that. I don’t like using drinking as a party song; for me, that wouldn’t be honest. I’ve never been the guy who shotguns a beer. I know people who partake that way, and I wouldn’t want to shake my finger or look down on them.
It’s not that I don’t drink at all, but I put myself in a position by being out, seeing friends at a show, leaving my phone in an Uber. We’d Uber’d all night, then went back to a friend’s house, had some pizza. I fell asleep on the couch, woke up groggy. I should’ve been more conscious, but I wasn’t. So I take responsibility.”
The minimum mandatory sentence for DUI in Tennessee is 48 hours in jail.
In other news, Sam Hunt has been dabbling a bit in the bluegrass world and it’s pretty intriguing. Who knows if that will be a direction he decides to take his music in the future, but at first glance, I like the idea of it.