NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former boyfriend of country singer Mindy McCready has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into her home and beating her up.

William McKnight was also charged with aggravated burglary in the incident early Sunday. He was being held Monday in lieu of $130,000 bond.

McCready, who had a No. 1 hit in 1996 with “Guys Do It All the Time,” was treated and released at a hospital following the attack, according to broadcast reports.

Last Friday, McCready, 28, was charged with drunken driving after police stopped her in the upscale suburb of Belle Meade for speeding. Police said the officer smelled alcohol in the vehicle and McCready performed poorly on field sobriety tests. She refused to take a breath test.

McCready was also charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to consent to the breath test, according to police. She was freed on $3,500 bond.

McCready later denied the charges, although she did acknowledge speeding.

“We all make mistakes. We’re human,” McCready said.

McCready is on three years supervised probation after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining the painkiller OxyContin at a suburban pharmacy in February 2004, using the name of a friend on the prescription.

She was fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

McCready’s other hits include “Ten Thousand Angels” and “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do).”


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