Robert Todd Harrell of Escatawpa is known as the talented bassist of the band Three Doors Down, but last night, he became quite familiar with the D'Iberville Police Department. Wayne Payne, the Chief of the D’Iberville Police Department, says, "Last night, we received a call from a concerned citizen that there was a man slumped over the wheel at the intersection of Lamey Bridge and Central.” That man was Robert Todd Harrell. Police believe he was passed out when he was seen sitting in the driver's seat of a family member's S.U.V. Payne also says, "He appeared to be impaired. Officers arrested him. He was charged with D.U.I. other, second offense." Local attorney, Scott Pietrowski, does not represent Harrell, but outlines what steps law enforcement typically takes in a case like this.
Pietrowski says, "If he was charged with D.U.I. other, there’s probably an investigation to see what substance, if any, Mr. Harrell was under, and he is innocent until proven guilty, as he should be.” D'Iberville Police obtained a court order for a blood draw that has been sent to a Mississippi crime lab. He posted a $1,789 bond, the maximum fine for a second-time offender. Payne also says, "The reason he’s charged with a second offense, he was convicted here locally by our local court system back a few months ago." Harrell lost an appeal on January 8th for a D.U.I. arrest dating back to 2012, when he rear ended a truck in D'Iberville. The Escatawpa musician is also facing charges in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is accused of driving impaired, causing an accident resulting in another driver's death in August of 2012, just one month after his arrest in D'Iberville, where traces of five different prescription pills were found in his system.
Pietrowski closes, "It’s more likely than not that this is a case of addiction. It’s not uncommon for those suffering from the disease of addiction to have run-ins like this." If Harrell is found guilty on this D.U.I. charge, he could face stiffer penalties in the Tennessee case. Harrell is expected to be due in court within a reasonable time frame, expected to be between the next 30 to 45 days.