Jay Barker, former Alabama QB and husband to Sara Evans, receives conviction following domestic incident
Jay Barker, the former Alabama quarterback, was convicted on Thursday of reckless endangerment not involving a weapon, which is a misdemeanor.
The news came from according to Kris Mumford, public information officer with the Metro Nashville Police Department, via AL.com. Barker is on probation for reckless endangerment in Tennessee after he was charged with a felony in a January incident involving his estranged wife, country singer Sara Evans. After that incident, Barker was charged with felony aggravated felony assault with a weapon.
It was not clear if Barker was found guilty or pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Barker, 49, of Hoover, was given supervised probation for 11 months and 29 days, Mumford said. He is scheduled for a probation hearing on May 11, 2023, according to court records.
Barker is the school’s all-time winningest quarterback with a 35-2-1 record as a starter, and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 1994 as a senior. He finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting that year.
Court documents filed at the time of the incident in January said Barker tried to run over 2 people who were leaving a party around 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday.
As they pulled into the driveway of a nearby home, Barker allegedly reversed his vehicle “at a high rate of speed attempting to hit them, but missed,” according to the arrest affidavit.
The vehicle’s occupants contacted police after Barker drove away from the home, the affidavit states. Police made contact with Barker when he later drove by the house.
The affidavit said Barker and the victim are married but separated and currently living separately. The report states there was probable cause to believe Barker did unlawfully attempt to strike the victim with a vehicle.