Police in D’Iberville, a town the southern part of the state, arrested Harrell late Tuesday night for driving under the influence of a substance other than drugs, the Sun Herald reported. He was released on bail early Wednesday morning.
Harrell was driving a friend’s SUV when he was spotted slumped over the steering wheel at intersection in D’Iberville around 7 p.m., according to the Sun Herald.
He was visibly impaired Capt. Clay Jones said and he was placed under arrest. Police obtained a search warrant for a blood sample to conduct a chemical test.
Harrell appears to have a drug problem and recently completed a stint in rehab as per his sentencing from a previous DUI in Mississippi.
In 2012, he was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after rear-ending another driver, but fortunately no was injured. He admitted to police at the time that he had taken at least five different prescription drugs. He was later convicted and recently lost an appeal for this arrest.
He was sentenced to participate in a victim impact panel and entry into a substance abuse program. It is unclear if yesterday’s arrest is a violation of Harrell’s probation which stipulated he could avoid a longer jail sentence if he managed to stay out of trouble for six months.
This is Harrell’s third DUI charge, but much less serious than his second DUI which he received last year outside Nashville, Tennessee, and is still pending.
In April of last year, Harrell was driving his Cadillac in a suburb of Nashville when he rear-ended a truck driven by Paul Shoulders. The impact of the crash sent Shoulders’ truck careening out of control and he rolled down an embankment several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Harrell failed several sobriety tests, and admitted to drinking and taking prescription pain killers and anti-anxiety meds. He made things worse for himself by trying to smuggle several prescription drugs into the jail.
He was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law and possession of contraband. He could get a minimum of 8 years in jail for the vehicular manslaughter charge.
Harrell formed 3 Doors Down with and is known for the hits “Kryptonite” and “When I’m Gone.” The band was preparing to embark on a short tour in the states and Canada.
Harrell appears to have a problem with prescription drugs, and like many people with a drugs problem; they fail to realize the gravity of a DUI charge. This charge can affect many aspects of the offender’s life and be very costly. Repeat offenders often get jail sentences. Hiring a DUI attorney is a wise decision for any one facing a DUI charge whether it is their first or their third.