Former '3 Doors Down' bassist Todd Harrell arrested for domestic violence and possessing firearms

Harrell reportedly has been charged with domestic violence simple assault, along with felony counts of marijuana possession and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.


                            Former '3 Doors Down' bassist Todd Harrell arrested for domestic violence and possessing firearms

The ex-bassist of rock band '3 Doors Down', Todd Harrell is once again behind bars after an alleged domestic violence incident, TMZ has learned. The publication reports that Harrell was arrested on Friday in Jackson County, Missouri.

Harrell reportedly has been charged with domestic violence, simple assault, along with felony counts of marijuana possession and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

For those wondering why Harrell is being charged as a convicted felon, the bass player had previously gone to jail in late 2015 due to his role in a deadly car crash which took place in Nashville in 2013.

Reports suggest that the star was apparently speeding and high on drugs while driving when he accidentally clipped a pickup truck, causing the driver, Paul Shoulders Jr, to strike a guardrail and die from his injuries.

Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“It amazes me that it’s been this long and I’m still just so surprised and shocked about things, and how it still affects me to this day,” Shoulders' sister, Tina Baltz had said in a tearful interview last year.

It was reported that the time that Harrell had been using the anxiety medication alprazolam, the painkiller oxycodone and alcohol before the accident took place. Speaking about his addiction problems, Harrell revealed that a knee injury in the mid-2000s led to his first taste of the painkiller OxyContin.

"I can’t tell y’all how that changed my life," Harrell said in an interview later.

"Having everything at your fingertips. Fame. We had it all. Won Grammys. Did movies."

When the car crash took place, the police reported that they had found 36 pills in one of Harrel's socks that he didn't even have a prescription for. 

"The police pulled me out of the car that night and were giving me field sobriety tests and I was like, why aren’t you doing this (to the) other guy?" Harrell said. "They said, well that guy’s dead."

(L-R) Todd Harrell, Matt Roberts and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down attend the 35th Annual Awards Gala hosted by the T.J. Martell Foundation at Marriot Marquis on October 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
(L-R) Todd Harrell, Matt Roberts and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down attend the 35th Annual Awards Gala hosted by the T.J. Martell Foundation at Marriot Marquis on October 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Harrell entered treatment at a rehab facility following the deadly crash in 2013. "I have nightmares about it. It changed my life y’all. It took who I was and just turned me upside down. Paul died and he didn’t have to for a decision that I made."

Later, Harrell received a five-year sentence for vehicular homicide and other drug-related charges. However, his probation officer, Altavease McCluskey, also faced charges because of her alleged affair with the convicted felon. Apparently, she had been helping Harrell violate the terms of his probation instead of keeping him in check.

"She was in charge of me and I was doing what she told me to do," Harrell said on the stand.