3 Doors Down Bassist Turns Self In, Faces Assault Charge

Complainant claims Todd Harrell punched him out at party.

Too bad everyone doesn't take the title of 3 Doors Down's last single literally. A simple "duck and run" could've saved the band's bassist, Todd Harrell, from an entanglement with the law.

Harrell turned himself in to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Thursday (May 23), after being wanted by police for a misdemeanor simple assault charge, according to a police spokesperson. He was released on a $500 signature bond soon after.

A complaint against Harrell was filed by Terry Alexander, 49, on Friday (May 17). In it, Alexander claimed he was attacked at a party in Harrell's home that took place several days before he filed the complaint. According to Alexander's affidavit, Harrell knocked out one of his teeth and loosened a few others, and left him requiring seven stitches in his lip. Police weren't called to respond to the incident at the time it occurred, however.

Harrell began throwing punches when he spotted Alexander with a tape recorder at the party, according to the complaint. Alexander claimed he carries the device to help him with his memory, which had declined since he was involved in a car accident.

The bassist plans to contest the charge — which, according to the spokesperson, carries a penalty equivalent to a traffic violation — in court on an as-yet-unspecified date in June.

3 Doors Down's management representative had no comment on the situation at press time.