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Country star Zach Bryan arrested: Police report sheds light on circumstances surrounding the traffic stop

Country star Zach Bryan arrested: Police report sheds light on circumstances surrounding the traffic stop

A police report obtained by ABC News sheds light on the circumstances surrounding country music star Zach Bryan's arrest in Oklahoma.

Bryan's private security was in an SUV and Bryan was driving a pickup truck when the SUV was pulled over for allegedly speeding Thursday evening, according to the police report.

The SUV driver pulled over for the traffic stop in Craig County, and Bryan then pulled up next to the SUV, the report said.

A few minutes later, Bryan got out of the pickup and walked over to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Bertram. Bryan allegedly said he was "wondering what is taking so long," the report said.

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"Bertram informed the male that he needed to get back into his truck to which he did not comply," the report said. "For a second time Bertram told the driver to get back in his truck and that he is interfering with his police duties and that if he did not comply that he would be going to jail."

Bryan responded saying, "I'll go to jail, let's do it," according to the police report,

PHOTO: Country music star Zach Bryan was arrested in Oklahoma on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, for obstruction of an investigation, according to online records from the Craig County Sheriff's Office. (Craig County Sheriff's Office)
PHOTO: Country music star Zach Bryan was arrested in Oklahoma on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, for obstruction of an investigation, according to online records from the Craig County Sheriff's Office. (Craig County Sheriff's Office)

"At that time, Bertram removed his handcuffs and placed the male under arrest," the report said.

While in handcuffs, according to the police report, Bryan told the officer he wasn't doing anything wrong.

Bryan also allegedly told the trooper that "arresting him is 'why people do not like police officers,'" according to the report.

Bryan allegedly told the trooper "that if he would let him out of the handcuffs that he would get back in his truck while also stating 'If you don't, it is going to be a mistake sir. I promise,'" according to the report.

PHOTO: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 13: Zach Bryan performs during the Windy City Smokeout at the United Center on July 13, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
PHOTO: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 13: Zach Bryan performs during the Windy City Smokeout at the United Center on July 13, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Bryan then said, according to the report, "This is the second time this has happened in three days. These f------ cops are out of control."

Bryan asked if he could call his dad to pick up the truck, the report said.

Bryan's father allegedly spoke with Bertram "again asking about the arrest and was informed that the phone was on speaker and that there would be no assumption of privacy for any statements made," the report said. Bryan's father also allegedly said "he would be calling the Governor," the report said.

Bryan was arrested for obstruction of a law enforcement officer, the report said.

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In a nearly five-minute video on social media, Bryan took responsibility for the incident and said he was "mouthing off" and acted like an "idiot."

"I pray everyone knows I don't think I am above the law," he said.

In his video posted on social media, Bryan said the handcuffs were placed too tight.

"[The Trooper] was like, 'They aren't supposed to be comfortable,' you know, he was just being a cop," Bryan said.

In the video, Bryan said he had a prior run-in with law enforcement three days prior and said he was put in handcuffs for allegedly not giving his address to a police officer who stopped him. Bryan was able to move on without incident during that encounter, he said.

Bryan currently has the No. 1 song in America, "I Remember Everything," a duet with Kacey Musgraves, according to the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Country star Zach Bryan arrested: Police report sheds light on circumstances surrounding the traffic stop originally appeared on abcnews.go.com