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3 Doors Down Ex-Bassist Todd Harrell Arrested On Gun And Drug Charges After Domestic Dispute Call

Police responding to a domestic dispute call found guns and drugs in Todd Harrell’s Mississippi home.

By Stefan Lembo-Stolba

A founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down was arrested on Friday after police saw guns and drugs in his Mississippi home while responding to a domestic dispute.

Police were responding to a call at bassist Todd Harrell’s home when officers saw guns and drugs in his St. Martin home, prompting them to obtain a search warrant. Harrell, 46, was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, simple assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a statement by Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell.

According to police, Harrell is also being held for an outstanding probation violation in Tennessee, where he was arrested in 2013. Harrell had been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after he crashed into another car, killing the driver, according to WLOX in Biloxi. 

Harrell had traces of the prescription drugs alprazolam and oxycodone in his system during the deadly crash and was sentenced to two years in prison.  

Before going to prison for the 2013 crash, Harrell was arrested again for driving under the influence when he was found unresponsive behind the wheel of his car in a Mississippi town. According to WLOX, Harrell has been arrested for DUI three times since 2012.

Harrell’s frequent run-ins with the law led to him being replaced as the bass player for 3 Doors Down in 2014.

“Following yesterday's incident, the band has extended Todd's suspension indefinitely," the band wrote on its website at the time. "We take this action to protect the image and integrity of the band and to encourage Todd to address and resolve his problems.”

The Mississippi-based 3 Doors Down was originally started by Harrell, drummer and lead singer Brad Arnold, lead guitarist Matt Roberts and rhythm guitar player Chris Henderson. The band rose to popularity after its hit single “Kryptonite.” Only two of the band's original members, Arnold and Henderson, are still in the group, which performed at Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017. 

Harrell appeared in a Jackson County courtroom on Monday where a judge set his bail at $22,500. 

[Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Department]

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