Sam Hunt Arrested! He was granted $2,500 bond

Country singer Sam Hunt was arrested in East Nashville on Thursday morning on DUI charges. 

Sam Hunt, 34, was charged with DUI and open container violation after his arrest in Davidson County, according to online court records. He was granted a $2,500 bond.

Hunt, an arrest warrant says, was allegedly driving the wrong way on Ellington Parkway in the early morning hours Thursday before exiting at Cleveland Street towards Gallatin Avenue.

When Metro Nashville police got behind the vehicle, the driver had difficulty staying in the proper lane.

Sam Hunt allegedly had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol, the warrant said. Two empty beers were in the vehicle next to the driver, MNPD reported. 

The driver had trouble finding his ID to show officers and attempted to give both a credit card and a passport instead of his driver’s license — while that card sat on his lap, according to the warrant. 

Sam Hunt was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the stop. He allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol “recently,” the warrant said. 

Sobriety tests were conducted in the field, which was captured on an MNPD dashcam, the warrant said. 

Hunt allegedly tested with a blood alcohol level of 0.173, well over the legal limit of 0.08. 

It is unknown what Hunt was drinking and for how long, and many factors can affect blood alcohol levels. According to a Cleveland Clinic blood alcohol content calculator, a 215-pound person would need to drink about 11 shots of whiskey over two hours to reach a blood alcohol content level of .173.

Hunt was listed as 215 pounds when he played for the UAB Blazers in 2007.

Hunt was booked into Davidson County around 6 a.m. Thursday and released just after 9 a.m., jail records show.

He has been scheduled for a hearing Jan. 17. It was not immediately clear if he had retained legal representation. 

A four-time Grammy Award nominee, Hunt released his UMG Nashville debut, “Montevallo,” in 2014. The album went triple platinum in the United States, boasting top-charting country singles such as “House Party” and “Take Your Time.” In 2017, Hunt released the crossover hit “Body Like A Back Road,” which spent 34 weeks topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 

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