Country music singer Sara Evans filed for divorce from former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker months before he allegedly tried to drive her over on Saturday, reports say.
According to the court records achieved of Scoop Nashville, Evans filed a divorce complaint on August 23, 2021, citing incompatible inconsistencies and inappropriate marital behavior. At the time, Evans also claimed Barker was guilty of inappropriate marital behavior, court records added.
Barker was arrested in Tennessee on Saturday after he allegedly tried to hit Evans and another person with a vehicle as they left a party in Nashville around 6 p.m.
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As Evans and the other person drove into the driveway of a nearby home, Barker allegedly backed his vehicle “at a high speed and tried to hit them, but missed,” according to the arrest warrant.
The car’s passengers and witnesses told police that Barker “intentionally” tried to hit them with the car, Tennessean reported.
After the incident, Barker, 49, was jailed early Saturday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was detained for 12 hours because the charge was related to domestic violence. Barker was released Saturday night after issuing a $ 10,000 bail.
The couple has been married for 12 years, though Barker has lived in Homewood, Alabama, for the past three months, court records show. They have no children together.
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The 50-year-old “Born to Fly” singer released her latest album, “Copy That”, in May 2020.
Barker led Alabama to the college football national championship in 1992, defeating the Miami Hurricanes, 34-13, in the 1993 Sugar Bowl. The Green Bay Packers hit him in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft, even though he never played in an NFL game.
Barker is now a sports radio talk show host in Alabama.
On Sunday, Barker issued a statement on the Instagram account for his radio show, where he asks for privacy “for the sake of my family and especially for our children.”
“Unfortunately, headlines and quick news stories do not adequately capture the full context and complex structure of our lives,” the post added.
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Barker is scheduled to appear in court in March.
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