April 24, 2013 12:30

3 Doors Down bass player is released from custody following vehicular homicide charge

Todd Harrell charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication

3 Doors Down bass player is released from custody following vehicular homicide charge

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Todd Harrell, bass player in US band 3 Doors Down, has been released from police custody after being charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication following a fatal car crash over the weekend.

The bassist was freed after a $100,000 bond was posted with further details of the crash emerging. It is reported that the man who was killed in the crash, which took place on Friday night (April 21), was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 truck, which then struck a guardrail, skidded down an embankment and overturned after being clipped by Harrell's Cadillac. Paul Howard Shoulders Jr, 47, was killed in the crash and a police statement previously revealed that Harrell was driving in the Nashville suburb of Hermitage at the time of the crash. Authorities added that the man was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Harrell is due in court on Thursday (April 25)

According to police, Harrell "showed signs of impairment" and that "he acknowledged consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab". Additionally, Harrell has been charged with bringing controlled substances into the prison. A sheriff deputy discovered eiht Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills on the bassist during a search.

A statement posted on the official 3 Doors Down website over the weekend reads: "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." The band have also cancelled a number of upcoming US tour dates, saying: "Out of respect to Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., and his family, 3 Doors Down has cancelled the band's four scheduled US April/May appearances." The group will resume performing on May 31 in Moscow.

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