3 Doors Down Bassist Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter After DUI Arrest

Andrew Celani -- Mix1041.com
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(AP Photo/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

(AP Photo/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

Robert Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after an interstate crash claimed the life of another motorist in the Nashville area late Friday night.

According to police investigation, the 41-year-old bass player was driving at a high rate of speed when his car clipped a Ford truck driven by a 47-year-old male not wearing his seatbelt, later identified as Paul Howard Shoulders. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arrival to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police said Harrell was visibly intoxicated during the field sobriety test and later admitted to drinking hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax. During booking at the Davidson County Jail, sheriffs found a plastic bag in Harrell’s sock containing more Xanax, in addition to Oxycodone and Oxymorphone pills. He was also charged with bringing controlled substances into jail.

3 Doors Down wrote on their website, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Harrell was also arrested last year for DUI after allegedly crashing into another vehicle in Mississippi. Singer Brad Arnold and Harrell are the two remaining founding members of the band.

UPDATE: 3 Doors Down were currently on a U.S. tour, but released a statement on Monday (April 22) announcing that they will not play the four remaining shows of the trek “out of respect to Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., and his family.” As of now, the “Kryptonite” band will resume its tour in Moscow on May 31 before returning to the U.S. in July for a co-headlining tour with Daughtry that comes to the Bank Of America Pavilion July 12th.

Andrew Celani — Mix1041.com

SEE ALSO: 3 Doors Down at Not So Silent Night [PHOTOS]

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