Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney pleads guilty to DUI and will serve jail time: reports

Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney pleads guilty to DUI and will serve jail time: reports

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Joe Don Rooney of pop-country band Rascal Flatts pleaded guilty to an impaired driving charge last year, court documents show, reports say.

Rooney, 46, the band’s former lead guitarist, will spend just two days in jail after pleading for impaired driving in Franklin, Tennessee, on the morning of September 9, 2021, when he crashed his car into a tree , reported Tennessean.

While the Class A misdemeanor carries up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, the remainder of Rooney’s sentence was suspended, according to the report.

Joe Don Rooney of pop-country band Rascal Flatts pleaded guilty to impaired driving last year, court documents show.

Joe Don Rooney of pop-country band Rascal Flatts pleaded guilty to impaired driving last year, court documents show.
(Source: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office)

Rooney is scheduled to report to jail on June 8 at 3 p.m. and will need to undergo DUI training.

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The incident took place around 4 a.m. and Rooney has previously accused of crashing his BMW into a deer trying to cross the road, TMZ reported.

The musician said he tried to run around the deer when it ran off the road and hit the tree.

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Williamson County Sheriff’s Office officers first found, arrested and charged Rooney with a DUI after he smelled alcohol on his breath and failed multiple field sobriety tests.

He was jailed in Williamson County Jail before posting $2,500 bond.

Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts accept the Cliffie Stone Icon Award during the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors at Ryman Auditorium on August 25, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM)

Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts accept the Cliffie Stone Icon Award during the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors at Ryman Auditorium on August 25, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM)
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM)

Shortly after the incident, Rooney’s former teammate Gary LeVox said he was “heartbroken” to hear about it.

“But you know what? I think God gets your attention in different ways. I just wish him the best, and hope he gets everything he needs to recover and take care of whatever issues he may be having. There’s power in prayer,” LeVox said.

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The band, which consisted of Rooney, LeVox and Jay DeMarcus, unexpectedly announced in 2020 that they were splitting up and planned a farewell tour. The “Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour” however never started due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Recording artists Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney of the music group Rascal Flatts arrive at the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage for Fashion Media)

Recording artists Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney of the music group Rascal Flatts arrive at the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage for Fashion Media)
(Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage for Fashion Media)

DeMarcus’ wife, Allison, told Fox News Digital the band could still reunite for the tour.

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“I believe the band will be together again because they’re all still friends and business partners, and they’ve had such a good run for so long,” she said.

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