Mindy McCready is free on $1,000 bond after a weekend arrest on misdemeanor charges that she scratched her mother on the face during a scuffle and resisted sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.
McCready’s mother, Melody Inge, called Lee County sheriff’s deputies shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday to report the 31-year-old country singer was intoxicated and causing a disturbance, an arrest report said. The report said McCready scratched Inge on the face during the disturbance.
McCready denied attacking her mother and told the News-Press of Fort Myers that deputies used excessive force in the arrest. A booking photo shows a cut on McCready’s nose, which the arrest report said she suffered “as she continued to struggle and resist arrest.”
Sheriff’s Sgt. Larry King said a deputy took McCready’s baby and another wrestled McCready to the ground. Capt. Tom Eberhardt said McCready also caused a disturbance in the jail and was subdued with pepper spray.
McCready had a hit in 1996 with “Guys Do It All the Time,” but has struggled in recent years, beginning with a 2004 conviction for fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers. She was on probation for that offense when she was charged with driving under the influence in 2005.
A Circuit Court hearing on the probation violation charge is scheduled Sept. 7 in Williamson County, a suburb of Nashville, Tenn.
McCready’s attorney, Lee Dryer, didn’t answer calls made by The Associated Press to his cell phone Monday, though information from the Williamson County Court Clerk showed Dryer had withdrawn as her lawyer.