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Country music singer books gig in county jail

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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:00 pm

Country music artist Doug Supernaw was arrested last week for disorderly conduct and held for a 72-hour involuntary detention. According to Police Chief Jim Eigner, Supernaw had racked up numerous criminal trespass complaints from local businesses during his three-week venture through town.

“He seems mentally unstable, very volatile, abusive, loud,” Eigner said.

Supernaw, 50, was booked into the Bandera County jail on Thursday, March 10, where he was scheduled for evaluation by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

The singer's legal problems did not begin in Bandera. According to Fox News and the Houston Press, Supernaw's string of alleged offenses include evading arrest, assault of a police officer, marijuana possession, nonpayment of child support, and public intoxication. He has publically stated that he has been “held hostage in Paris” in a “mentally retarded home for terrorists” and that he was a test monkey for marijuana.

As of Monday, March 14, Supernaw was still in custody.

Supernaw released four albums between 1993 and 1999, one of which went gold. His singles include “Honky Tonkin' Fool,” “Reno,” “Red and Rio Grande,” “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” “Not Enough Hours in the Night,” “Long Tall Texan” recorded with The Beach Boys, and “I Don't Call Him Daddy,” which hit number one on the U.S. Country Charts.

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  • LoveBandera posted at 3:47 pm on Tue, Mar 22, 2011.

    LoveBandera Posts: 1

    mental illness is not a choice. love the way the department's professionalism and right to privacy. the article was cheap gossip like you find in the inquire. Doug Supernaw needs prayers and compassion. he isn't a bad man but he is suffering with an illness. those who enjoy kicking someone when they're down wouldn't know anything about compassion and prayer....God Bless them....they need it.

  • WTF111 posted at 5:03 am on Sun, Mar 20, 2011.

    WTF111 Posts: 4

    Minnie: I happened to have the unfortunate occurrence of going to jail in Bandera. I had the cops called on me by an "anonymous" person for reasons I won't mention as they aren't important. But in all my legal papers I received was the name of the guy who called the cops, along with his home address, age, and even his social security number. For reasons unknown to me, I was given all this information. Luckily I'm not a bad person and did nothing with it. but the Bandera Police Department does give out way too much information to the public as you can further see with my story.

  • Minnie posted at 7:57 pm on Fri, Mar 18, 2011.

    Minnie Posts: 9

    I have no problem with Doug Supernaw or anyone else being booked into the jail. I do have a problem with Chief Eigner giving out as much information as he did about the arrest. Hopefully I will never be booked into the jail but if by some chance I were, do I have to worry about all my private information being given to the public by the chief? Is it really the public's business whether or not he is scheduled for an evaluation by mental health officials? That would seem to me to fall under privileged information. Would the chief tell the world if he were hiv positive or even just incontinent?

  • Seabird posted at 8:26 am on Thu, Mar 17, 2011.

    Seabird Posts: 5

    I am really glad to see that Bandera doesn't give stars special treatment.

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