Todd Harrell mugshot

Todd Harrell mugshot

Founding member/bassist Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down was arrested Tuesday night on a DUI charge in Mississippi, according to the Associated Press in an article appearing in The Washington Post. He was found slumped over his vehicle’s steering wheel by officers who were responding to a call about an impaired driver, D’Iberville police Chief Wayne Payne told the Associated Press.

Police found Harrell at 7:01 p.m. at Lamey Bridge Road and Central Avenue in D’Iberville, Miss., where they said he showed signs of impairment. He was taken to the D’Iberville Police Department and booked on a charge of “DUI other substance, second offense,” Robin Fitzgerald writes for The municipal court set a cash bond of $1,789.

Fitzgerald notes that D’Iberville police had previously arrested Harrell on July 19, 2012, on a drug-related DUI charge. He was convicted of that charge and appealed it to Harrison County Court, but a judge denied his appeal in a bench trial, finding him guilty, Fitzgerald reports.

Regarding the resolution of the 2012 DUI conviction, Fitzgerald writes:

The judge who upheld his DUI conviction fined Harrell $1,000 and gave him two days in jail but suspended jail time provided he comply with other terms of his sentence. He was ordered to enroll in impairment and victim-impact programs within a month. It wasn’t immediately clear if he enrolled in those programs.

As Wikipedia writes, 3 Doors Down, an American rock band from Escatawpa, Miss., was formed in 1996. The band rose to international fame with its first single, “Kryptonite,” which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 3 Doors Down has several certified platinum records and has sold more than 20 million albums over the years. In 2003, the band started The Better Life Foundation, whose goal is to give a better life to as many children as possible. The foundation has supported many U.S. charities and provided help to the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina, Wikipedia writes. Harrell was fired from the band after being charged with vehicular homicide last year.

Donna Carroll Eakes, a reader commenting on the article, writes:

Sad to see a man blessed with a chance like he had just self-destruct, sending an innocent to the grave, and still making choices that could cost more lives. Why is he still out of jail? There he’d at least be safe from himself and we’d be safer on the roads too!

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