Crime lab evidence not submitted in Harrell DUI case

Robert Todd Harrell (Source: Nashville Police Department)
Robert Todd Harrell (Source: Nashville Police Department)

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Todd Harrell, the former bassist of Three Doors Down, was in court Thursday afternoon in D'Iberville to face a 2011 DUI charge.

Harrell is accused of running a flashing red light and ramming a truck last July.

Prosecutors contend he was under the influence of prescription drugs. But they weren't able to admit evidence from the state crime lab in court Thursday, because the person who drew Harrell's blood wasn't in court.

The judge has taken the case under advisement.

Former Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford attended Thursday's proceedings. Since losing his daughter to a drunk driver in 2011, he's become a watchdog of sorts, keeping up with local DUI cases.

He told WLOX News, "This whole thing stinks. Something is wrong."

The Jackson County native also faces a vehicular homicide charge in Nashville from April. Police said Harrell had narcotics on him when he was arrested for that charge.

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