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Joe Don Rooney, the lead guitarist of country music group Rascal Flatts, was arrested Thursday on drunk driving charges after the vehicle he was driving struck a line of trees outside of Nashville, reported the authorities on Saturday.

A deputy from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene in Franklin, Tennessee shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sharon Puckett said via email.

She said a “driver crashed into the tree line” and was subsequently arrested. Authorities identified the driver as Rooney, 45, of Nashville. The email did not specify whether officials suspected he was under the influence of alcohol or something else.

It does not appear that the musician was injured. Rooney was held in Williamson County Jail and released the same day after posting $ 2,500 bail, Puckett said.

Rascal Flatts public relations representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The group founded in 1999 by Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus announced its disbandment last year. But the pandemic prompted the cancellation of a farewell tour last year that would have helped mark the end.

The trio has been nominated four times for the Grammy Awards and boasts 12 No.1 country hits.

Joe studley contributed.




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