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Joe Don Rooney blamed his recent DUI arrest on a road-crossing deer, police said in an affidavit.

The Rascal Flatts guitarist was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee shortly after 4 a.m. on Thursday, September 9, following a motor vehicle accident.


According to an affidavit, police said Rooney informed them that he was driving his BMW early in the morning when a deer ran in front of his car, TMZ informed of.

The 46-year-old said that he went off the road to avoid hitting the deer, which hit the trees. However, police said she smelled alcohol and admitted that she had “more than one I want” while drinking at a friend’s house.

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Rooney also told police that he played golf earlier in the day. Police said in the docs that he conducted several field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested for DUI and lodged in Williamson County Jail. He was later released after posting a $2,500 bond.

Last week, his former bandmate Gary LeVox claimed he hadn’t spoken to Rooney recently but was “heartbroken” to hear the news of his arrest.

“But you know what? I think God gets your attention in different ways. I just wish him the best, and I hope he gets everything he needs to be okay and whatever Take care of what’s going on too. There’s power in prayer,” Levaux said.

In the same interview with People, levox opened About the passing of Rascal Flatts. The country trio of LeVox, Rooney and Jay DeMarcus is known for chart-topping hits such as “Bless the Broken Road,” “My Wish,” and “What Hurts the Most.” But things got complicated in 2020 when the trio appeared on “CBS This Morning” announce that they are going on a farewell tour Titled “Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life is a Highway Tour.”

Rooney's bandmate Gary LeVox recently said that he was heartbroken to hear of his arrest.

tour never started coronavirus pandemic. Levaux said Rooney also stepped down unexpectedly.

“I wasn’t happy that Joe Don left,” he revealed, adding that his bandmate’s departure “came out of nowhere.”

Rascal Flatts vocalist Gary LeVox, middle, said he is still trying to wrap his head around the band's split.

“It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this.’ And then I certainly wasn’t okay with the pandemic that canceled everything. I hate the way it ended. I hate that we didn’t get to do this farewell tour. I can not stand the fact that it seems there’s no closure with everything we’ve been through Therefore blessed with. It will always be in my heart.”