Robert Todd Harrell of Mt. Juliet was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication for a crash late Friday night on I-40 near Hermitage that claimed the life of a Nashville man. Harrell is the bassist for the rock group, 3 Doors Down.
The victim is identified as 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr. According to the Metro-Nashville Police Department, Harrell was driving his 2011 Cadillac CTS westbound on I-40 at a high rate of speed when the car clipped a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by Shoulders. The pickup truck went out of control, struck a guardrail, traveled down an embankment and overturned. Shoulders was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. He was transported to Vanderbilt where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The Cadillac struck the retaining wall and stopped about a quarter mile away. Harrell showed indicators of impairment while performing field sobriety tasks and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant(s). He acknowledged consuming hard cider and taking prescription Lortab and Xanax. A search warrant was obtained for a mandatory blood sample from Harrell.
Harrell is also charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail. During a search at the booking room, Davidson County Sheriff’s deputies discovered a plastic bag concealed in his sock that contained eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills.
Harrell is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.