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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.
Rooney is scheduled to report to jail on June 8 at 3 p.m. and will need to undergo DUI training.
RASCAL FLATS GUITARIST JOE DON ROONEY ARRESTED FOR DUI NEAR NASHVILLE
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.
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.
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.