EUSTIS, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) – Slurred speech and bloodshot eyes – that’s what Eustis Police say they noticed about country music star Michael Ray before conducting a field sobriety test captured on police body cameras outside a Eustis McDonald’s early Wednesday morning.
The 29-year-old, born-and-raised in Eustis entertainer, was arrested and booked into the Lake County Jail under his full name Michael Ray Roach. Officers say he was driving under the influence when he allegedly hit the car in front of him in the McDonald’s drive thru line, telling officers he was coming from a bar in Tavares.
“I feel what happened last night was very unfortunate, we all make bad decisions,” said Melissa Frazier, a family friend.
His loyal fans are standing by their hometown heartthrob, Frazier has known him and his family for years.
“I just feel really bad for him, I’m praying for him I know he’s resilient, he’ll bounce back but I just want people to know what great kind caring soul he is,” Frazier said.
Ray is still very connected to his hometown. His music video for his hit song “Kiss Me In The Morning” was all filmed in Eustis. In the video, he sings to the backdrop of a large crowd in the city’s downtown, and the video highlights Eustis lakes, wildlife and rural scenery.
“He’s the most wonderful artist to his fans, he has a following you can find Michael Ray fans everywhere, all over lake county,” Frazier said.
Roach was also charged with possession of cannabis after police say the found cannabis oil in the car he was driving. He bonded out of the Lake County Jail Wednesday afternoon.