Country singer Zach Bryan found himself in hot water in Oklahoma when he was arrested for obstruction of the investigation, according to authorities at the Craig County Sheriff’s Office.
Oklahoma authorities recently released footage showing the lead-up to the arrest of country singer Zach Bryan. In response, Bryan has issued a heartfelt apology.
Taking to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Bryan posted a video on his verified account, acknowledging the arrest and expressing remorse for the “incident with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.”
“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,” the singer said.
“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,” Bryan continued.
Throughout the video, Bryan repeatedly acknowledges that his behavior was childish and driven by his emotions. He reveals that three days prior, he had been pulled over in Vinita for slightly exceeding the speed limit. When asked for his home address, he refused to provide it, leading to his brief detainment and release with a warning.
On the day of his arrest, Bryan and his security guard were en route to Boston, driving separately, when he noticed his security guard being pulled over in Vinita. He parked behind the two vehicles and, after waiting for several minutes, decided to approach the scene to inquire about the delay. The trooper instructed him to return to his vehicle, but Bryan admits he ignored the order, resulting in his arrest.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Bryan was cautioned that he was “interfering with his police duties” and was described as “clearly aggravated and argumentative” during the encounter.
In footage obtained by CNN, Bryan is heard telling his arresting officer, “My name is Zach Bryan, and that’s my security guard.” He also mentioned that he had recently performed two sold-out shows in Oklahoma, including at the BOK Center, a prominent event venue in Tulsa.
The initial traffic stop showed the trooper pulling over Bryan’s security guard. Bryan subsequently pulled over his vehicle as well. After a few minutes, he exited his vehicle and approached the other car, mirroring the trooper’s actions.
“I’m wondering why it’s taking so long,” Bryan remarked to the trooper.
“You’re interfering with an officer’s discharge of duties right now. You need to get back in your truck or go to jail,” the trooper warned.
“I’ll go to jail, let’s do it,” Bryan replied.
In his video statement, Bryan accepted full responsibility for his actions, labeling himself an “idiot” and characterizing his behavior as “childish,” vowing that it won’t happen again.
CNN has reached out to the Craig County Sheriff’s Office for more details regarding the incident.
Zach Bryan’s music career began in 2017 when videos of him singing went viral on social media. He released his debut album “DeAnn” in 2019, named after his late mother’s middle name, with the help of Navy buddies. Since then, he has released three more albums, including his latest self-titled one, which came out in August and featured the chart-topping Billboard Hot 100 hit “I Remember Everything,” a duet with country star Kacey Musgraves.
In a 2022 interview with The New York Times, Bryan expressed his determination to continue making music, emphasizing that it wasn’t for fame or riches, but rather as a heartfelt tribute to his late mother. He said, “Not because I felt driven. Not because I wanted to be famous. Not because I wanted to be rich. I literally just would sit there and think about my mom and be like, ‘Something is telling me not to stop doing this.