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SHERMAN (AP/CBSDFW) – Randy Travis pleaded guilty Thursday in Grayson County to driving while intoxicated and then afterwards thanked the state troopers who arrested him.

“First I’ll say thanks for the courtesy of the court today and to the two patrol men I’ll say thanks to them for obviously taking care of me that night,” said Travis outside the courthouse.

If the country music singer completes his two years of probation, he will not have to spend any time in jail.

Travis was arrested in August 2012 after a Department of Public Safety trooper found him naked in the middle of the road after crashing his Trans Am near Tioga.

According to prosecutors, Travis’ blood alcohol level was .21.

That night Travis also allegedly threatened to shoot the trooper who was working his case.

As part of the plea, Travis will not be charged with the felony offense of retaliation.

Along with two years of probation, Travis was sentenced to 100 hour of community service, fined $2,000, and ordered to spend 30 days in an inpatient alcohol treatment facility.

“His punishment is considerably more than is typically received on a DWI case,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.

Before stepping into a truck and leaving the courthouse Travis said, ”I’m glad its behind me.  I’m looking forward to getting on with the year and playing some music.”

The August accident was among a string of recent run-ins with the law for Travis.

Police in Plano cited Travis following an Aug. 23 incident at Prestonwood Baptist Church’s parking lot in which he allegedly intervened in an argument involving his fiancee and her estranged husband. Nobody was hurt.

Larry Friedman, one of his attorneys, said Travis pleaded no contest in that case earlier this month. In an agreement with prosecutors, he got 90 days’ deferred adjudication, meaning it will be removed from his record if he does not get involved in another assault in that time period.

Travis also was arrested last February in Sanger for public intoxication after police spotted a vehicle parked in front of First Baptist Church and found an open bottle of wine and Travis smelling of alcohol. That case is no longer on file with the county court and appears to have been dismissed.

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