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3 Doors Down Bassist Had No Alcohol In System At Time Of Fatal Crash

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The bassist for rock band 3 Doors Down was in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Todd Harrell, who lives in Mt. Juliet, has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in connection with a fatal crash on Interstate 40 on April 19.

Police said Harrell was clocked going 105 miles per hour just moments before his Cadillac clipped a pickup. The driver of the truck lost control, crashed, and died at the scene. Police said 47-year-old Paul Shoulders was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected. 

Responding officers took the stand during Tuesday's hearing, and said Harrell showed several signs of impairment during field sobriety tests.

"He would ask where is injuries came from, (and) I'd remind him that he had been in a wreck, and he would ask about the wreck. And this process repeated itself several times," said officer Justin Chisholm.

Blood tests found there was no alcohol in Harrell's system, but found high traces of the prescription drug Xanax.

Harrell admitted to taking medication due to a recent surgery.

Harrell was also charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail. During a search in the booking room, sheriff's deputies found a plastic bag in his sock that contained more than two dozen prescription pills.

Harrell checked himself into a drug treatment facility after bonding out of jail.

Meanwhile, a trial date was set for August 23 in Mississippi for another DUI charge. He was arrested on July 19, 2012 in D'Iberville, where he is accused of being under the influence of five prescription pills when his Cadillac rear-ended a pickup truck at a city intersection.

Among the hits 3 Doors Down is known for are "When I'm Gone" and "Kryptonite."

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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