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There are definitely some country stars who you wouldn’t surprised to hear had had a run-in with the law. Clint Black isn’t one of them. So when we learned that he had been detained by authorities in Thornton, Colorado, it was a big shock.

According to the Denver Post, Clint’s tour bus was rolling through Thornton making its way to the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It caught a police officer’s attention because the flashers had been activated on the vehicle after it pulled into a restaurant, which turned out to be closed. When the lights started flashing on the squad car, Clint exited the bus.


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Clint told the officers that he and his band were just wanting to grab a bite to eat, which is why they had pulled in at the fast food restaurant at 2 a.m. He also mentioned he was a country singer.

Just a country singer that the officials didn’t recognize.

Thornton police officer Mick Schaetzle told the Post, “He was really calm and cool. He expressed his support for police. I didn’t recognize him at first. I really couldn’t put a name to the face. He asked me if I liked country … music. I said I really don’t anymore. We laughed about that. I said I don’t really like the teeny-bopper style of today’s country that sounds like pop music. I like the 1990s era singers like Travis Tritt.”

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Unfazed, Clint replied, “Like Clint Black?”

“That’s when it clicked,” Officer Schaetzle said.

The Thornton policeman tweeted a photo of himself with the country star, and Clint responded with his sense of humor intact. He even signed an autograph for the officer along with the message “blue lives matter.” For his part, the officer helpfully directed Clint and his crew to another local restaurant still open in the middle of the night.

It’s not clear whether any type of citation was issued. According to AAA, driving over speeds of 25 mph in Colorado with flashers activated is not permitted. However, Officer Schaetzle stated that it was not an infraction. From now on, though, we bet they’re driving with “Nothin’ But the Taillights” on.

We crack ourselves up!

An iconic country singer has a run-in with the law
Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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