Oklahoma music lovers may be interested to learn that Todd Harrell, the bassist for the band 3 Doors Down, was taken into custody on Feb. 18 on a DUI charge. According to the report, the incident occurred in Mississippi when a witness reportedly observed an impaired driver. When the authorities arrived, they allegedly found Harrell in the driver's seat, slumped over his steering wheel.
Harrell was charged with second-offense DUI in the incident. It was stated that he was allegedly under the influence of a substance that was not alcohol. He was released on $1,789 cash bond, and it was unknown when his next court appearance was scheduled to be.
This is the second DUI incident that involved Harrell since 2012. Harrell was reportedly involved in a car accident in July 2012 and was ultimately convicted on Jan. 8, 2013, for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. He was required to enroll in a substance abuse program and had to stay away from any legal trouble for six months.
However, Harrell was accused of causing a fatal car accident in Tennessee in April 2013 while he was allegedly under the influence. He ultimately posted $100,000 bond and checked himself into a rehabilitation center. The incident ultimately caused him to miss the band's world tour.
While the consequences for alleged repeat offenders are severe, many continue to be taken into custody for felony DUI charges. When someone is facing a conviction on such a charge, an attorney may be able to negotiate a lesser sentence that requires their client to seek treatment rather than be incarcerated and to stay out of trouble.
Source: USA Today, "Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down arrested for second DUI", February 19, 2014