Among the news items getting a lot of attention around Nashville in the past few days has been the arrest of 3 Doors Down bassist Robert Todd Harrell. The musician was booked last weekend in connection with a fatal vehicle accident that occurred late Friday on Interstate 40. He's now free on bond and at last word had voluntarily entered a treatment facility.
Police records show that the 41-year-old musician was taken into custody late Friday after the accident on Interstate 40. Officials allege that he was driving while impaired, at high speed, when his car clipped a pickup truck. They say the truck left the road and its driver, a 47-year-old man, was killed in the crash.
Investigators recorded that Harrell seemed confused about what had happened after the wreck. And while breath tests didn't indicate the presence of any alcohol in his system, officials say Harrell didn't do well on field sobriety tests. Later, he refused to give blood voluntarily, so police say they obtained a sample under court order.
The formal charges now leveled against Harrell in clued vehicular homicide by intoxication and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He's also accused of violating Tennessee's implied consent law.
These are clearly serious charges and it appears that Harrell is not taking them lightly. He has an attorney and the fact that he has placed himself into treatment could be helpful to his case as it works its way through the legal system.
It must be noted though that his actions are not, and must not be taken as, an admission of any guilt. That is something that can only be determined in a court of law. It is not enough for prosecutors to show that a suspect in a fatal accident was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They must also prove that it was the cause of the accident and death.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Todd Harrell Enters Rehab: 3 Doors Down Bassist In Treatment After Arrest In Fatal Crash," Sheila Burke, April 24, 2013