By: Olivia Fleming
Country music star Zach Bryan was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The 27-year-old “Oklahoma Smokeshow” singer was arrested in his home state by Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Before his arrest, Bryan had been pulled over for going over the speed limit in the same town where he was later arrested. A refusal to provide his address led to Bryan being put in handcuffs and released on a warning.
On the evening of Sept. 7, Bryan and his security guard were driving separately on their way to a Philadelphia Eagles game in Boston.
After realizing his security guard had been pulled over, Bryan parked behind the two vehicles and waited several minutes before exiting his truck.
In dash cam footage shared by NBC News, Bryan is heard asking the trooper what is taking so long. The trooper warned the country singer saying that he was interfering with an officer’s discharge of duties and told him to get back into his truck.
The trooper said for Bryan to get back into his truck or he would go to jail.
“I’ll go to jail, let’s do it,” said Bryan, with exchange of words captured on the dashcam footage.
Bryan was jailed briefly in Craig County jail and released on a $1,000 bond.
The singer posted an apology video to his verified account on X, formally known as Twitter, on Friday, Sept. 8.
In the viral video, Bryan begins by referring to himself as an “idiot” and calls his behavior “childish.” He recounts his side of the story starting with the incident that had occurred three days prior where he was released with a warning.
Bryan said he let his emotions get the best of him and accepted full responsibility.
“It was immature, and I just pray everyone knows that I don’t think I’m above the law,” said Bryan. “I was just being disrespectful and I shouldn’t have been. It was my mistake.”
Fans were quick to defend Bryan on social media after his arrest. Others took the opportunity to badmouth the singer’s rising ticket prices.
The Oklahoma-raised country music star landed both the No. 1 album and single for the first time days before his arrest for his duet with Kacey Musgraves titled, “I Remember Everything.”