Sam Hunt Pleads Guilty to DUI Charges

He will serve 48 hours at a DUI Education Center.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Sam Hunt Pleads Guilty to DUI Charges
Sam Hunt; Photo credit Connor Dwyer

Sam Hunt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges on Wednesday in Davidson County Circuit Court on Wednesday (8/18) following his 2019 arrest.

According to The Tennessean, the “Body Like A Back Road” singer pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI. He was reportedly sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail, with all the time suspended except for 48 hours.

Under his plea agreement, The Tennessean reports, he will serve the jail time at the DUI Education Centers, which is an alternative sentencing facility. He will also have to complete an alcohol safety course, lose his license for a year and will be required to have an interlock in his vehicle upon his license reinstatement.

Hunt was indicted by a Davidson County grand jury in December on the charges of first-offense DUI, another DUI charge and an open container violation. Assistant State Attorney Seth Colon, who prosecuted the case, said the open container charge was dropped as part of Hunt’s plea deal.

On November 21, 2019, Hunt was found driving the wrong way on Ellington Parkway after 4 a.m. He exited at Cleveland Street and took off towards Gallatin Avenue. Police pulled the singer over on Fifth Street, where he reportedly admitted to drinking, Colon shared. Metro Nashville Police conducted a field sobriety test, which was captured on a MNPD dashboard camera. Hunt’s blood alcohol level was 0.173, which is well over the legal limit of 0.08.

Hunt posted a statement following his arrest, writing “Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville. It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It won’t happen again.”

No word yet on when Hunt will serve his 48 hours.