Country singer Mindy McCready, 30, was found not guilty of a DUI charge by a Nashville jury last Wednesday, although she was convicted of driving with a suspended license.
The charges stemmed from a May 2005 arrest when the “If I Don't Stay the Night” songstress was pulled over for speeding and refused to take a breath test after police smelled alcohol. Kenneth Dixon, the arresting officer, testified that the she was wobbly on her feet and her eyes were watery and bloodshot the night he slapped the cuffs on her.
McCready’s attorney argued that his client, who was driving a friend's car when she was arrested, was actually performing a good deed by giving a friend who was too drunk to drive a ride home from the nightclub the two had been at...by driving drunk herself! He also said that the sobriety test McCready was forced to take wasn't given properly and that the songstress had removed her shoes and found it hard to walk steadily in her supposedly too-long pants.
Jurors were apparently swayed by police video of the arrest, which was screened during the three-day trial. Now that’s a country video I will watch!
McCready Beats DUI Rap