Sara Evans filed for divorce before her husband Jay Barker was arrested

Former college football quarterback and radio personality Jay Barker’s arrest report reveals that he and Sara Evans were estranged and living apart at the time of the incident. The country singer filed for divorce in August, according to court records.

Evans and Barker actually separated in April, according to documents obtained by Scoop Nashville. In the months leading up to the August 24 divorce filing, Barker was living in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. Barker works as the host of the midday show at Tide 100.9 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tide 100.9 is owned by Taste of Country’s parent company, Townsquare Media.

The couple married in 2008 and have since lived in Alabama and Tennessee. They have no children together, but both have children from their respective first marriages. Before getting married, Evans and Barker agreed that the reasons for any divorce would be “kept private as much as possible.” In the documents, irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct are listed as grounds for divorce. Additionally, Evans alleges that Barker is guilty of “inappropriate marital conduct.”

Barker, 49, was released on bail Saturday night (January 15) after being booked by Metro Nashville police after 4 a.m. that morning. The arrest report alleges he attempted to crash into a car that Evans was driving his car in. The country star was being driven home from a block party across the street, and as her car spun into her driveway, Barker began reversing at high speed. His car missed the car Evans was in and drove off, later returning to speak to police. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Barker’s court date is March 22. Sunday evening he taken to instagram to thank his supporters and ask for privacy.

“We all face challenges in life, and my family and I are facing them now. Unfortunately, headlines and quick-to-release stories do not adequately capture the full context and complex fabric of our lives” , he wrote.

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