DA drops charges against Chris Young following arrest at Nashville bar

Chris Young at the 7th Annual ACM Honors^ Ryman Auditorium^ Nashville^ TN 09-10-13

Following a review of the evidence and in light of security camera footage released, Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has dismissed all charges against Chris Young following his January 22nd arrest in Nashville. Funk said in a statement: “Regarding the Chris Young incident – After a review of all the evidence in this case, the Office of the District Attorney has determined that these charges will be dismissed.” 

Young was arrested last Monday following an altercation at DawgHouse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee, and charged with disorderly conduct, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. According to an arrest affidavit, Young was initially at Tin Roof at around 8:30 p.m. on Monday when Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents arrived for a compliance check. Young had his ID in his hand when they walked in and his ID was scanned.  As agents walked away, “Mr. Young started asking questions that were answered at that time and then began video recording us. We left the bar after finishing our check and went to Dawg House next door to continue compliance checks.”  The affidavit said Young and his friends approached them. “While walking out the door, Mr. Young put his hands out to stop me from leaving the bar and struck me on the shoulder. I then pushed Mr. Young to create distance since I had no idea of who Mr. Young was or what he had.” Young was taken into custody and later released on bond.

Young’s attorney Bill Ramsey subsequently claimed what happened was inaccurate, and he released a video from the altercation where Young could be seen reaching his hand out to the agent, who then pushed the singer, causing him to stumble backward and fall over a table and chair. After the charges were dropped, Ramsey said in a statement: “Mr. Young and I are gratified with the DA’s decision clearing him of the charges and any wrong-doing.”

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