Harrell was found by officers “slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle”, after receiving a call about a drunk driver.
D’Iberville police Chief Wayne Payne stated, “On arrival our officers made contact with the driver and there were signs of his being impaired. We don’t know what the substance is at the time. We sent the sample on to the crime lab for testing.”
The rocker was charged with a second-offense DUI involving a substance other than alcohol and police obtained a court order to take a blood sample from him.
Harrell was released on a $1,789 cash bond set by Municipal Judge Albert Fountain. No date has been announced for Harrell’s next court appearance.
Police said Harrell was behind the wheel of a family member’s SUV.
This is the second DUI arrest for the bassist since July 2012, when his Cadillac rear-ended another vehicle. Harrell was later determined to be driving under the influence of prescription drugs and was convicted.
In sentencing, the jail time was waived if Harrell could go six months without any further legal problems and enrolled in victim impact and substance abuse programs.
Harrell also faced several charges in Nashville, Tennessee. He is accused of driving impaired, which resulted in an accident that claimed another driver’s life in April 2013.
Police say Harrell was under the influence when he was speeding down the interstate and clipped the back of a pickup. The driver of the truck, 47-year-old Paul Shoulders Jr. was killed.
Harrell faces multiple charges, including vehicular homicide by intoxication, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law and possession of contraband.
Police say Harrell admitted to drinking and taking prescription drugs before the wreck.
He spent several days in jail and was freed on $100,000 bond. That spring Harrell checked himself into a drug treatment facility.
3 Doors Down is known for their hit songs “Kryptonite” and “When I’m Gone”, among others.
The group is preparing for a six-city tour of Canada beginning June 3 at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
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