"He'll always be my brother, but we had to put this band first," said singer Brad Arnold in a recent interview.
In the wake of a new arrest, 3 Doors Down has clarified its position about founding member and bassist Todd Harrell, issuing a statement saying that he group "has extended Todd's suspension indefinitely" following an arrest for DUI in D'lberville, Miss.
Harrell was pulled over Tuesday (Feb. 18) and showed "signs of... being impaired," according to D'lberville police. Samples were taken for the department's crime lab to analyze, and Harrell is free on $1,789 cash bond. It's not his first brush with the law, either: in 2012, he drove his Cadillac into the back of a pickup truck in D'lberville and was given a suspended two-day jail sentence and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and to attend an impairment and victim impact program. And he's currently awaiting trial on charges of Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication and drug possession after an April 2013 crash that killed the other driver.
In the statement, 3 Doors Down says that, "According to accounts in the press yesterday, a long-time member of 3 Doors Down, Todd Harrell, has been arrested in Mississippi in a drug related DUI charge. Last summer, Todd was suspended from the band and not allowed to participate in any 3 Doors Down performances, pending the resolution of criminal charges filed against him last year in connection with an automobile accident. Following yesterday's incident, the band has extended Todd's suspension indefinitely. We take this action to protect the image and integrity of the band and to encourage Todd to address and resolve his problems."
In a recent interview, frontman Brad Arnold told Billboard that he expected Harrell to be out of the group "for the foreseeable future. He's got a lot to deal with, man. It's too early to say, but he's got a lot, he's got a long road ahead of him. He'll always be my brother, but we had to put this band first, and that's what we're gonna do." Harrell has been replaced by Justin Biltonen, who Arnold says has been "working out really well."
3 Doors Down plans to resume its acoustic Songs From The Basement tour on May 31 at the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Fest in California. Meanwhile, the group is working on new material for a follow-up to 2011's "Time of My Life."