Todd Harrell, 3 Doors Down Bassist, Charged With Vehicular Homicide, Band Suspends Tour
Todd Harrell, the bassist for 3 Doors Down, was charged with vehicular homicide following a fatal car crash that was allegedly caused by the musician's intoxication on Friday night in Nashville, CNN reported. 3 Doors Down has responded to the news by canceling their scheduled tour stops in April and May.
The deadly crash on Friday claimed the life of Paul Howard Shoulder Jr., 47. Harrell, behind the wheel of his 2011 Cadillac CTS, was speeding westbound on I-40 when he clipped the Ford F-150 that Shoulder was driving, according to press release by the Nashville Police Department. Shoulders, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the 2003 pickup truck after it hit a guardrail and rolled down an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Harrell submitted to a sobriety test and told police that he had been drinking hard cider and had taken prescription Lortab and Xanax. When he was searched, police allegedly discovered a plastic bag hidden in Harrell's sock containing 8 Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and 4 Oxymorphone pills, and charged him with bringing controlled substances into the jail, the press release stated.
In light of these events, 3 Doors Down is temporaryily suspending their current tour. "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 told E! News. "They will resume touring May 31 in Moscow, and return to the U.S. for scheduled dates in July."
Harrell remained in jail Monday morning in lieu of $100,000 bond.