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Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney, 46, ‘plees guilty to DUI’ after crashing his car last year

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Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney, 46, ‘plees guilty to DUI and sentenced to two days in prison’ after crashing his car into a tree last year

  • The Kansas resident was arrested at a crime scene near Nashville, Tennessee in September 2021
  • According to local news, the musician will lose his driver’s license and spend two days in jail
  • Following his arrest, Rascal Flatts co-founder spent about three hours in jail before being released after paying $2,500 bail
  • Rooney helped form the popular country music band in 1999

The guitarist of the popular country music band Rascal Flatts is accused of driving under the influence.

Joe Don Rooney, 46, was charged after his vehicle crashed into a tree near Nashville, Tennessee last September.

According to WKRNthe musician pleaded guilty earlier this week and was sentenced to two days in prison.

Legal troubles: The guitarist of popular country music band Rascal Flatts has reportedly pleaded guilty to drink-driving

Furthermore, Joe loses his driver’s license but is given the option to apply for a restricted driver’s license for a car with a built-in breathalyzer, the Tennessee reported.

The outlet also noted that his remaining sentence of 11 months and 27 days had been suspended.

Last year, just after 4 a.m. on Thursday, Rooney was jailed in the Williamson County Jail for vandalizing his vehicle.

He was released about three hours later after paying $2,500 bail, according to online records.

Accident: Rooney was charged after his vehicle crashed into a tree near Nashville, Tennessee last September;  seen in Nashville in 2021

Accident: Rooney was charged after his vehicle crashed into a tree near Nashville, Tennessee last September; seen in Nashville in 2021

The musician, who helped found Rascal Flatts in 1999 along with his second cousins ​​Gary LeVox (vocals) and Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar, backing vocals), was not seriously injured.

In January 2020, the group announced that they were splitting after 21 years together and that they would be going on a farewell tour called: Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour 2020.

During the announcement on CBS This Morning, they also promised to release new music.

But on May 19, the farewell tour was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dissolution: In January 2020, Rascal Flatts announced they were splitting up after a farewell tour that has since been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic;  seen in 2019

Dissolution: In January 2020, Rascal Flatts announced they were splitting up after a farewell tour that has since been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; seen in 2019

Later, in June, they dropped the single How They Remember You.

The band’s sound has been described as a blend of country tradition with a pop spirit and arena rock.

During their two-decade run, they released 10 original studio albums, plus a Christmas-themed album between 2000 and 2017.

They scored 31 top ten hits on Billboard’s country airplay chart, including 14 number 1 songs, resulting in more than 23 million albums sold.

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;  seen in Nashville in September 2017

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; seen in Nashville in September 2017

So far, the band has not officially announced if or when they will reschedule the farewell tour before splitting up.

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 last 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 children in June 2012

Family Man: Rooney and Fallon have three children – son Jagger and daughters Raquel and Devon; the proud parents are seen with two of the children in June 2012

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