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3 Doors Down has canceled four scheduled U.S. concerts in April and May following the arrest of bassist Robert Todd Harrell on charges of vehicular homicide, according to a statement issued by the band. Harrell was arrested Friday night (April 19th) after he allegedly hit a pickup truck with his Cadillac while speeding on an interstate road in Nashville, sending the truck down an embankment and causing the driver, Paul Howard Shoulders Jr., to be ejected from the vehicle. Shoulders died in the accident.
The 3 Doors Down statement read, "Out of respect to Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., and his family, 3 Doors Down has canceled the band's four scheduled U.S. April/May appearances." According to their official site, the band had two dates scheduled in late April and early May. The group is scheduled to resume touring on May 31st in Moscow before returning to the U.S. to start a co-headlining tour with Daughtry in July.
The 41-year-old Harrell remained behind bars as of Monday afternoon (April 22nd) and had not yet posted his $100,000 bond.
Harrell admitted to police at the scene that he had been drinking hard cider earlier and taking the prescription painkiller Lortab and anxiety drug Xanax.
He was later also accused of bringing controlled substances into the jail when deputies found a plastic baggie hidden in his sock with eight additional Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills.
3 Doors Down issued an initial statement over the weekend expressing the band's condolences to Shoulders' family and friends.
Harrell is due in a Nashville court for his first appearance on Thursday (April 25th), when a trial date could be set. It is not clear whether he has retained a lawyer or not.
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