We have had enough of Todd Harrell. He's been convicted of driving under the influence in D'Iberville, accused of killing a driver in Tennessee crash and now charged again with DUI by D'Iberville police who said they found him sleeping behind the wheel.
In his first offense, a judge from Ocean Springs -- called in because Judge Albert Fountain recused himself, citing publicity about his handling of the case --found him guilty. Harrell appealed. Still guilty.
Now, on his second DUI arrest (in Mississippi) he is out of jail on $1,789 bond. No one seems to be able to tell us if Harrell has completed the part of his sentence that included mandatory enrollment in victim impact and substance abuse programs. He was supposed to spend 30 days in the latter, according to his Jan. 8 sentencing. If he has completed the program, he clearly needs further help.
We wouldn't be writing about Harrell were he not a member of a rock band, 3 Doors Down, that has sold millions of albums and presumably made Harrell a very wealthy man. He should be able to afford a taxi, or a limo for that matter. Apparently, he lacks the common sense to avail himself of those services.
We know he has the presumption of innocence on the latest charges. We know he hasn't been found guilty in Nashville.
We wonder though, where are his friends? His bandmates? His fans?
Bad press has no effect. He doesn't seem to be deterred by legal entanglements.
Only those closest to him have much chance of reining in this unfolding tragedy. We urge them to step up.
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