Rare Country has just learned that rising country artist Michael Ray was arrested in the early morning hours of Dec. 20 after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision.
According to TMZ, which also secured video from the arrest, Michael was in his hometown of Eustis, Florida, when the Jeep he was driving was involved in an accident at a McDonald’s restaurant.
Apparently, Michael’s foot slipped off of the brake while in the McDonald’s drive-thru and, according to the “Orlando Sentinel,” he crashed into the back of a Scion. The driver of that car simply said, “Everybody makes mistakes.”
TMZ reports that Michael was put through a battery of field sobriety tests after police officers noted that the singer “had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, reeked of alcohol and he stumbled when he got out of the car.” Officers also said that Michael admitted that he had just come from a bar.
Michael was reportedly arrested under his real name, Michael Ray Roach, for DUI and felony possession of “weed oil,” a substance made from cannabis and considered the most potent form of the plant. A bottle of the substance was allegedly found in Michael’s pocket during a police search. The singer-songwriter reportedly confirmed that it belonged to him.
Video shared by TMZ shows the country star as cooperative and respectful as he is being placed under arrest and handcuffed. He has since been released from jail.
This is heartbreaking news for the talented and handsome “Kiss You in the Morning” singer, who scored his first chart-topper with that song in 2015. After an active tour season that included his own headlining runs on the “Think A Little Less Tour” and, later in the year, the “Get to You Tour,” Michael had his head and heart focused on philanthropy.
In 2017, Michael launched “Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals in Need,” which was inspired by his rescue dog, Wrigley. Throughout his tour, Michael collected donations that resulted in 100,000 meals for animals in shelters.
Michael also represented GIVN, an organization that helps provide clean water to communities around the world who may not have access, in addition to taking part in fundraising efforts for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
No official comment has been made by Michael’s team.