Country Star Zach Bryan Addresses Arrest Amid Chart-Topping Music Week

September 8, 2023
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Zach Bryan is speaking out following his Sept. 7 arrest on obstruction of investigation charges.

In a video shared on Twitter today, Sept.8, in the early morning, the country star explained the situation.

He filmed himself in the car with his dog Jack, beginning his statement by noting that he was on his way to New York and wanted to take some time during his long drive to address his arrest. 

“I just wanted to be completely transparent with everyone who listens to my music about what happened yesterday, with me getting arrested and everything, because I don’t want to do what the internet does and…I don’t know, make stuff up,” he said.

Bryan continued, “I want to start by saying I had to deal with the legalities of it, I did go to jail. I didn’t play favorites and I was an idiot today. My decisions do not reflect who I am as a person and I just want to make that clear.”

for the sake of transparency on yesterday

— Zach Bryan (@zachlanebryan) September 8, 2023

The 27-year-old noted that around three days ago, he drove through a small town in Oklahoma and passed a cop, who pulled him over. “He comes to my window, first thing he asks for is license, registration, and my address,” the chart-topping artist recalled. “I told him, ‘Hey man, I don’t really feel comfortable giving you my address. I’m a musician, I just don’t feel comfortable with it.’ So he said, ‘If you don’t give me your address, I’m gonna have to take you to jail.'”

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Despite the threat, Bryan stood by his decision to not give the police officer his home address. That’s when the cop asked him to step out of the vehicle, handcuffed him, and asked why the crooner refused to share his address.

“We talked about it, I explained to him why. I ended up giving him my address. I ended up abiding by what he was saying. We kept talking. He finally took my handcuffs off. He gave me a warning because I wasn’t going too fast or anything, and he let me go because I started respecting him and being cordial,” he divulged.

Bryan then noted that a couple of days later, he told his security guard that he was driving to Boston. While driving through Vinita, with his security in a separate car, he notices the guard getting pulled over. 

The ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year winner pulled up next to him and was told by a police officer that he couldn’t get out of his vehicle. After a back-and-forth with the officer, he was arrested again. He noted that he was taken to jail “for a few hours” and took the blame for the situation.

The “Something in the Orange” singer had previously shared a written statement on social media.

It read, “Today I had an incident with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Emotions got the best of me and I was out of line in the things I said. I support law enforcement as much as anyone can, I was just frustrated in the moment, it was unlike me and I apologize. They brought me to jail, and there is a mug shot of me floating around. Prayers we can all move on from this and prayers people know I’m just trying the best I can, I love you guys and I am truly sorry to the officers.” 

On the same week as his arrest, Bryan’s song “I Remember Everything” featuring Kacey Musgraves debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart.

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