3 Doors Down bassist charged in fatality


Todd Harrell – 2013
Photo: Nashville PD

According to a statement released by the Nashville Police Department, 41-year-old Robert Todd Harrell has been charged in the death of Nashville resident, 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders Jr.

Saturday investigators charged the ‘3 Doors Down’ bassist with vehicular homicide by intoxication for a crash that killed Shoulders late Friday night on Interstate 40 near Hermitage.

This is the second time in two years the guitarist has been arrested for a DUI.

Investigators said in the statement, “Harrell, of Secretariat Drive in Mt. Juliet, was driving his 2011 Cadillac CTS westbound on I-40 at a high rate of speed when the car clipped a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by Shoulders.”

Shoulders’ vehicle lost control striking a guardrail and then traveling down an embankment, ultimately overturning. Shoulders was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and was ejected. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Harrell’s Cadillac careened into a retaining wall about a quarter mile away.  Police say Harrell exhibited signs of impairment during a field sobriety test. He told officers he had been drinking hard cider and took the prescription drugs, Lortab and Xanax.

Todd Harrell – 2012
Photo: D’Iberville PD

Adding to the charges from Friday, as Harrell was being booked on Saturday, Sheriff’s deputies discovered a concealed plastic bag in Harrell’s sock containing Xanax, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphone, so he is also being charged with bringing controlled substances into the county jail.

Harrell is currently in jail with a bail $100,000.

This isn’t the first time Harrell has been busted for a DUI. In 2012 he was arrested for a DUI after crashing his Cadillac into another vehicle in D’Iberville, Mississippi.

In that case, Harrell rear-ended the back of a Toyota truck causing major damage to both vehicles. The driver of the other vehicle suffered neck and back injuries.

3 Doors Down said in a statement on their website, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”

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