|Mindy McCready found not guilty in DUI trial
Updated: 2006-07-20 15:43
Mindy McCready was found not guilty Wednesday of driving under the influence
in May 2005. But a jury found her guilty on the charge of driving on a suspended
The DUI case centered on a video of the field sobriety tests the country
singer took after she was stopped for speeding.
McCready, 30, refused to take a breath test, but the arresting officers said
she smelled of alcohol, had watery, bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on her feet.
They said she acknowledged she had been at a nightclub where she had several
Her attorney, Lee Dryer, said McCready wasn't impaired and that the field
sobriety tests weren't performed properly. He also said she removed her shoes
for the roadside test, but then found it hard to complete because her pant legs
were too long.
The singer was stopped while driving a friend's car. The friend had asked her
to drive him home because he was too intoxicated, Dryer said.
The trial judge dropped a contempt of court charge against McCready for
arriving 10 minutes late Monday for the first day of court.
McCready, who had a No. 1 hit in 1996 with "Guys Do It All the Time," faces a
hearing later this year on charges of violating her probation on a drug charge
by failing to check in with her probation officer and leaving the state without
permission to go to Florida.
After her trial, McCready said she feels as though she's turned a corner in
her personal life.
"This is one step in getting past a lot of things," she said.
McCready also said she might write a song about all that's happened to