Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney, 45, arrested for DUI after 'crashing his car into a tree near Nashville'The Kansas native was
Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney, 45, arrested for DUI after ‘crashing his car into a tree near Nashville’
- The Kansas native was arrested early Thursday morning at a crash scene near Nashville, Tennessee
- The Rascal Flatts co-founder spent about three hours in jail before being released after posting $2500 bond
- Rooney helped form the popular country music band in 1999
The guitarist for the popular country music band Rascal Flatts has been charged with driving under the influence.
Joe Don Rooney, 45, was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a tree near Nashville, Tennessee, a spokesperson with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News.
Rooney was subsequently booked into the Williamson County Jail just after 4AM Thursday and was released about three hours later after posting a $2,500 bond, according to online records.
Legal troubles: Joe Don Rooney, 45, was arrested for driving under the influence after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a tree near Nashville, Tennessee early Thursday morning
The musician, who helped found Rascal Flatts with second cousins Gary LeVox (lead vocals), and Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar, background vocals) in 1999, reportedly did not suffer any serious injuries.
Back in January 2020, the group announced they were going to breakup after 21 years together, and that they would head out on a farewell tour dubbed: Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour 2020.
During the announcement on CBS This Morning, they also promised to release new music.
But then on May 19 the farewell tour was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disbanding: In January 2020, Rascal Flatts announced they were breaking up after a farewell tour that has since been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; they are seen in 2019
They would live up to the promise of new music when they dropped the single, How They Remember You in June.
Rascal Flatts’ sound has been described as a mix of country tradition with a pop spirit and arena rock.
During their two-decade run they released 10 original studio albums and a Christmas-themed album between 2000 and 2017.
They would go on to score 31 top 10 hits on Billboard’s country airplay chart, including 14 No. 1 songs, resulting in more than 23 million albums sold.
Longtime couple: Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon, the Miss USA 2001 runner-up and Playboy’s 2005 Playmate Of The Year, have been married for 15 years; they are pictured in Nashville in September 2017
So far the band has not officially announced if and when they will reschedule the farewell tour before disbanding.
Rooney is married to Tiffany Fallon, the Miss USA 2001 runner-up and Playboy’s 2005 Playmate Of The Year.
The couple, who celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary this past April, have three children: son Jagger and daughters Raquel and Devon.
Family man: Rooney and Fallon have three children: son Jagger and daughters Raquel and Devon; the proud parents are seen with two of the kids in June 2012