3 Doors Down bassist Robert Harrell Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Melissa John, Staff Writer

The 3 Doors Down bassist Robert Todd Harrell was charged Friday night with vehicular homicide after a fatal car crash in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 41-year-old was driving his Cadillac CTS at a “high rate of speed” on the interstate when the incident occurred. Harrell’s car clipped the bumper of a pickup truck driving by which then sent the other vehicle swerving out of control and down into an embankment. The driver of the pickup truck, 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders Jr., was then ejected from his truck and killed on impact, according to MTV.com.

After investigating, police verified that Harrell showed signs of impairment at the scene. Later, Harrell admitted to “drinking some hard cider” and “taking the prescription painkiller Lortab an anxiety drug Xanax.”

Harrell was then taken to Nashville’s Metro Jail where more trouble surfaced.

After his admittance, Harrell was later accused of bringing controlled substances into the penitentiary. The pills were confiscated after being found hidden in his sock. Some of the medications found were: eight additional Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills, and four Oxymorphone pills.

Harrell is currently being held at Nashville’s Metro Jail under a $100,000 bond.

The 3 Doors Down band spoke earlier about the incident,”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.”

This was not Harrell’s first offense.

Last July, Harrell was arrested on a DUI charge after he failed to stop at an intersection and then collided with a pickup truck in southern Mississippi.