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3 Doors Down Announces Indefinite Suspension of Todd Harrell Following DUI Charge

Image courtesy of D'Iberville, MS Police Department (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of D'Iberville, MS Police Department (via ABC News Radio)

3 Doors Down has issued a statement about the Tuesday DUI arrest of founding member and bassist Todd Harrell .

"According to accounts in the press yesterday, a long-time member of 3 Doors Down, Todd Harrell, has been arrested in Mississippi in a drug related DUI charge," the statement reads.  "Last summer, Todd was suspended from the band and not allowed to participate in any 3 Doors Down performances, pending the resolution of criminal charges filed against him last year in connection with an automobile accident.  Following yesterday's incident, the band has extended Todd's suspension indefinitely." 

"We take this action to protect the image and integrity of the band and to encourage Todd to address and resolve his problems," the statement concludes.

According to police, Harrell was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car Tuesday by officers responding to a call about an impaired driver, reports Mississippi's The Sun Herald

The bass player was charged with a second-offense DUI involving a substance other than alcohol. He was booked at the D’Iberville Police Department, released after posting a cash bond of $1,789, and is set for a March 24 plea hearing.

The DUI arrest is Harrell's second in D'Iberville since July 2012, when he was arrested for driving under the influence of prescription drugs.  He was later convicted on that charge.

Harrell also faces a trial on a charge of vehicular manslaughter in the Nashville, Tennessee, area, where he's accused of driving while impaired in an accident that resulted in the death of another driver in April 2013.

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