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Following his Dec. 20 arrest in his hometown of Eustis, Florida, “Kiss You In the Morning” singer Michael Ray has released a statement to “TMZ” regarding the event.

“I want to apologize to my fans, family, and my hometown community for placing myself in this situation. I am so very sorry for the disappointment these events have caused everyone. I know it will take time; however, I will do everything I can to rebuild your trust,” Michael says.

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TMZ broke the news of Michael’s arrest later in the morning after the incident. According to its report, the handsome and talented singer-songwriter was involved in a minor collision in a McDonald’s restaurant drive-thru. When police arrived on the scene, the entertainer stumbled as he exited the Jeep he was driving, smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech.

It sounds as if Michael was completely cooperative with police officers, not only admitting that his foot slipped off the brake of his vehicle, causing the accident, but also confessing that he had been at a bar earlier in the evening. And when a search produced a container of weed oil in his pocket, he also admitted that it was his.

After failing a battery of field sobriety tests, the young artist was arrested on DUI and felony possession charges.

It is a difficult end to an otherwise great year for Michael, who spent much of the year criss-crossing the United States on his own headlining tours, as well as taking part in the “Ride or Die Tour” with Dustin Lynch. Michael, who is known as much for his dynamic and warm personality as he is for his talent, was inspired to launch his own charity after adopting a beautiful blue-eyed pup he named Wrigley after the Lake Shake Festival in Chicago.

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And thanks to the kindness and generosity of Michael’s fans who brought donations to his 2017 tour stops, that charity, Wrigley Cares, was able to provide more than 100,000 meals for animals residing in shelters across America.

Michael’s current single, “Get to You,” is in the Top 30 on the country singles charts and is also the debut release from his upcoming sophomore album.

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