3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was arrested on Saturday for vehicular homicide, for allegedly causing a fatal car accident while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
According to Nashville police, The bassist was exceeding the speed limit on I-40 Friday night when his Cadillac clipped a Ford truck driven by Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., 47, of Nashville.
The pickup truck swerved out of control, struck a guardrail, careened down an embankment and overturned, police added.
Shoulders was ejected from his vehicle, as he was not wearing a seat belt, and he was later pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Cadillac of the 3 Doors Down bassist stopped a quarter-mile away after it hit a retaining wall.
Police say Harrell seemed intoxicated during a field sobriety test and admitted consuming hard cider and taking the prescription drugs Lortab and Xanax.
The 41-year-old musician had a prescription for Lortab and Xanax. However, while being booked authorities found 8 Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and 4 Oxymorphone in a plastic bag in his sock. So, in addition to his other charges, he is being charged with bringing controlled substances into jail. He is being held at the Davidson County jail on $100,000 bond.
A statement on the band’s Web site says: “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.”
3 Doors Down is scheduled to perform their greatest hits’ tour in the U.S. and Europe this summer.