NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mindy McCready was found not guilty Wednesday of driving under the influence in May 2005. But a jury found her guilty on the charge of driving on a suspended license.
The DUI case centered on a video of the field sobriety tests the country singer took after she was stopped for speeding.
McCready, 30, refused to take a breath test, but the arresting officers said she smelled of alcohol, had watery, bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on her feet. They said she acknowledged she had been at a nightclub where she had several drinks.
Her attorney, Lee Dryer, said McCready wasn't impaired and that the field sobriety tests weren't performed properly. He also said she removed her shoes for the roadside test, but then found it hard to complete because her pant legs were too long.
The singer was stopped while driving a friend's car. The friend had asked her to drive him home because he was too intoxicated, Dryer said.
The trial judge dropped a contempt of court charge against McCready for arriving 10 minutes late Monday for the first day of court.
McCready, who had a No. 1 hit in 1996 with "Guys Do It All the Time," faces a hearing later this year on charges of violating her probation on a drug charge by failing to check in with her probation officer and leaving the state without permission to go to Florida.
After her trial, McCready said she feels as though she's turned a corner in her personal life.
"This is one step in getting past a lot of things," she said.
McCready also said she might write a song about all that's happened to her.