Sara Evans‘ estranged husband Harry “Jay” Barker has been arrested after attempting to hit her with his car.
Barker, 49, was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after the incident that took place in Nashville on Saturday.
Barker was placed on a 12-hour domestic violence hold at Davidson County Jail in Tennessee, and his bond was set at $10,000, per the arrest report. He was released on bond around 7:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.
Evans and Barker, who were married in 2008, are currently separated, according to an affidavit obtained by WIAT.
The alleged incident occurred after Evans, 50, left a party at a neighbor’s house on Norwood Drive in Nashville, per the report. Evans was grabbing a ride with a friend and was passing her driveway when she spotted Barker parked there.
Evans then saw Barker “backing up his vehicle at a high rate of speed attempting to hit them but missed,” WIAT reports. Barker allegedly fled before Evans was able to contact police, who arrived on the scene around 1:30 a.m. local time.
The affidavit says Barker eventually returned to the scene, where he spoke with officers and was ultimately arrested.
Prior to Barker’s arrest, Evans and a witness informed police that they believed Barker was intentionally attempting to hit the car they were riding in, according to the report.
Currently, Barker is a co-host on the 100.9 FM. radio show, “The Jay Barker Show,” which has aired since 2018. Previously, he hosted a radio show on WJOX in Birmingham, Ala., with former Auburn placekicker Al Del Greco.
Barker set his sights on a career in football before his career in broadcast. The Alabama alum was drafted by the Packers in 1995 and joined the New England Patriots later that year after failing to make the Green Bay team.
However, Barker did not play in a single NFL game in two years with the league. He played three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League beginning in 1998 and joined the XFL’s Birmingham Thunderbolt for one year in 2001.
Evans and Barker married two years after the country singer filed for divorce from her first husband Craig Schelske after about 13 years of marriage.
Evans shares three children with Schelske — Avery Jack, 22, Olivia Margaret, 18, and Audrey Elizabeth, 17. He did not have any children with Barker.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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