In his mugshot provided by the Metro Nashville Police Department, Hunt wore a blue sweatshirt and sported a thick, brown beard and mustache. His dark hair was unruly and slicked to the left, with a few strands popping up at the top. He bore a slight smirk on his face as he stared into the camera.
According to TMZ‘s report, Hunt was driving in the wrong direction on a Nashville street, Ellington Parkway, in addition to swerving, as claimed by witnesses to the event. The police report also revealed that the singer had “crossed the center divide several times.”
He was spotted by police and pulled over. According to the police report, the star smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. Two empty beer cans were seen in the seat beside him.
Hunt reportedly admitted to drinking “recently” and accidentally handed police a credit card and his passport instead of his driver’s license. He reportedly searched thoroughly for his license, but did not notice it was sitting in his lap.
A field sobriety test showed that Hunt’s blood-alcohol level was 0.173. The legal limit is 0.08. TMZ reports that he showed “numerous signs of impairment” throughout a 20-minute observation and two other tests.
The singer was charged with driving under the influence and keeping open containers in his vehicle, per Us Weekly.
Hunt was taken into custody around 6:30 a.m., where he remained until he posted a $2,500 bond. He was released later Thursday morning.
Video footage obtained by WKRN-TV News 2 and shared on Twitter showed Hunt’s release from the jail. The clip showed the singer emerging from the gated facility wearing the blue sweatshirt with its hood up and a white t-shirt underneath. He also had on a black baseball cap with a yellow logo, black jeans, and white sneakers. He appeared to smile at an officer upon leaving with his hands in his sweatshirt pocket. He continued on foot down the sidewalk with his head low.
Hunt has a court appearance scheduled for January 17.
Many users on Twitter have taken the incident as an opportunity to reference the country singer’s hit song, “Body Like A Back Road,” in which he compares the curves of a woman’s body with those of a back country road.
One person shared Hunt’s mugshot along with the lyrics, “Driving with my eyes closed.”
Another user shared a GIF from South Park that showed a car swerving down a road. In the caption, they wrote, “Sam Hunt doing 15 in a 30 last night,” another reference to the tune.
Other fans simply expressed disappointment in the country star’s actions.
“This is why I’m not getting new music?? I’m mad,” one person said.
Unfortunately, Hunt is just one of a few celebrities taken into custody for driving under the influence in recent months. Last month, Teen Mom 2 star Nathan Griffith was arrested on the same charge. The Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter is also still dealing with the aftermath of her own DUI arrest.