Sam Hunt Issues Apology Following DUI Arrest: ‘It Was A Poor And Selfish Decision’

Sam Hunt has issued an apology following his arrest for an alleged DUI in Nashville earlier this week. “Wednesday night…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 22, 2019

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Sam Hunt has issued an apology following his arrest for an alleged DUI in Nashville earlier this week.

“Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville,” the 34-year-old singer/songwriter wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon (Nov. 22). “It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it.”

He closed his note by assuring fans he’s learned his lesson.

“It won’t happen again,” he said.

According to the police report, Hunt was booked in a Metro Nashville jail Thursday morning (Nov. 21) on charges of driving under the influence and possessing an open container. Police responded to the scene after receiving a call reporting a vehicle going the wrong way down Ellington Parkway, the warrant said.

Upon arrival, officers found Hunt reportedly swerving in and out of his lane. They reported that they found two empty cans of beer in the passenger’s seat and that Hunt smelled of “an obvious odor consistent with alcoholic beverage.”

The report states that Hunt agreed to field sobriety test and that he “numerous signs of impairment” when trying to complete it. The warrant alleges Hunt’s blood alcohol content level was .173 (the legal limit in the state of Tennessee is .08).

According to court records, the “Kinfolks” singer was released that same morning on a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to report back to court on January 17.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.