Country superstar Sara Evans was nearly run down by her estranged husband, former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, on Saturday morning.
Evans had reportedly attended a party at a neighbor’s house over the weekend, and when she left, got into the passenger seat of a friend’s car to go home to her property across the street.
The “A Little Bit Stronger” singer said they were passing the driveway when she saw Barker, 49, parked in her driveway. She told cops he was “backing up his vehicle at a high rate of speed attempting to hit them but missed.”
He allegedly sped off after the incident and Evans called the police. They arrived at her house at 1:30 a.m. and Barker returned to speak with the officers when they summoned him. He was arrested after Evans and the driver of the other vehicle confirmed he intentionally tried to ram them with his vehicle.
Barker was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and put on a 12-hour hold in the local jail for domestic violence against the singer. He was released from custody by Saturday night after paying a $10,000 bond.
Barker is a sports analyst on ESPN radio, a gig that he got after leading the Crimson Tide to a 35-2-1 record and a national championship, during his tenure as the team’s starting quarterback in the early 90s.
He was drafted to the Green Bay Packers in 1995, then was bounced to the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, but never played a single game in the NFL.
Evans, 50, is a CMA winning artist with eight studio albums and several chart topping country hits including, “Suds in the Bucket,” and “A Real Fine Place to Start,” and “Born to Fly.”
The Alabama based couple are currently separated, after Evans filed for divorce in August. They were married in 2008 and have no children together.