This weekend proved to be a deadly one in Tennessee as the bassist player for the rock band 3 Doors Down was charged by police with vehicular homicide. Apparently, he was speeding when his car clipped a pickup truck and sent it down an embankment where the driver was killed.
According to the Nashville police on Saturday, the musician, Robert Todd Harrell, was driving a Cadillac CTS heading west on Interstate 40 speeding late on Friday when he ended up clipping a pickup truck.
According to police, the 41-year-old appeared to be impaired and admitted to have taken the prescription pills Xanax (an anti-anxiety drug) and Lortab (a synthetic opioid) while consuming hard cider.
Authorities said that while Davidson County Sheriff’s deputies were doing a search in the booking room, they discovered a plastic bag that was concealed in Harrell’s sock. In it were 4 oxymorphine pills, 8 Xanax pills and 24 oxycodone pills.
Another charge was added because he brought controlled substances into the jail. Instead of posting $100,000 for a bond, Harrell remained in jail and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning.
An attorney that was representing Harrell was unable to be reached for comment. This is not Harrell’s first arrest in relation to driving while impaired. In July of last year, he was arrested in southern Mississippi on a charge of DUI after failing to stop his vehicle at an intersection and ended up colliding with a pickup truck.
The band’s website said in a statement how the members were “deeply saddened” by the death of 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders Jr. They also said that “our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Police said that Shoulders was not wearing his seat belt and ended up being ejected from his vehicle. He was taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Harrell is one of three members that founded the group in 1994 in Escatawpa, Mississippi. The band toured regionally before it was eventually discovered in New York during a music showcase.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the band’s major label debut, “The Better Life,” has sold more than six million copies. In 2000, 3 Doors Down gained fame with the song “Kryptonite.” Other hit songs from the band include “It’s Not My Time” and “When I’m Gone.”