Sam Hunt Sentenced On DUI Charges After Pleading Guilty

Sam Hunt; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images
Sam Hunt; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images
Sam Hunt; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Sam Hunt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges on Wednesday morning (Aug. 18) via Nashville’s Davidson County Circuit Court, reports The Tennessean

According to the publication, Hunt appeared via video conference alongside his attorney, Rob McKinney, to face his sentencing. 

The singer/songwriter pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI and was ultimately sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail, however, all time was suspended except for 48 hours. 

The Tennessean reports that Hunt will serve the jail time at the DUI Education Centers, which is an alternative sentencing facility, and will also complete an alcohol safety course. Additionally, he will lose his driver’s license for one year and is required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle upon return of his license. 

The charges come after Hunt was arrested on November 21, 2019 around 4:00 am local time after he reportedly drove the wrong way down Ellington Parkway in Nashville. When he was pulled over by Metro Nashville Police, Hunt agreed to a field sobriety test. At the time, he showed “numerous signs of impairment.” The original police report stated that Hunt’s blood alcohol content level was .173 (the legal limit in the state of Tennessee is .08). 

He was indicted on charges of first offense DUI, a second DUI change and an open container violation. The open container change was dropped on Wednesday as part of his guilty plea deal. 

After his arrest, Hunt shared an apology on social media. 

“Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville,” he wrote. “It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it.”

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