3 Doors Down cancels dates after Todd Harrell DUI crash, names victim
3 Doors Down has canceled four scheduled appearances in the United States following bassist Todd Harrell's recent DUI crash "out of respect" to the man who was killed in the accident, while the musician awaits trial after being charged with charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, OTRC.com has learned.
Harrell, who is one of the alternative rock group's founding members, was arrested on Friday, April 19 in Nashville, Tennessee after allegedly causing a fatal car accident while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Tennessee police say the 41-year-old's 2011 Cadillac CTS clipped a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck, causing it to veer off the road, fall down an embankment and flip over. Its 47-year-old driver, Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., was ejected. He was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to a hospital and pronounded dead soon after arrival.
"Out of respect to Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., and his family, 3 Doors Down has cancelled the band's four scheduled U.S. April / May appearances," a spokesperson for the group's record company, SKH Music, said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Monday, April 22. "They will resume touring May 31 in Moscow, and return to the U.S. for scheduled dates in July."
The band, known for songs such as "Kryptonite" and "Here Without You," had recently put out a statement expressing condolences over Shoulders' death. The rep did not specify whether or not Harrell would be replaced by another bassist when 3 Doors Down performs again.
Harrell's Cadillac struck a retaining wall and stopped about a quarter of a mile away, police said in their report. He showed signs of impairment during a sobriety test and admitted to consuming hard cider and taking Lortab, a painkiller, and Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, authorities say. Harrell has not commented.
Police records show Harrell, whose real first name is Robert, was booked at a jail in Nashville just after 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 23, he was released after posting a $100,000 bond and is awaiting a trial.
Harrell is also charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail. Police said in a statement that during a search at the booking room, authorities "discovered a plastic bag concealed in his sock that contained 8 Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and 4 Oxymorphone pills."
He faces six charges in total -- one felony count of vehicular homicide by intoxication, one felony count of possession of contraband in a penal institution, three misdemeanor counts of possession or casual exchange of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of an implied consent violation.