Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker breaks silence on arrest

Darius Rucker is opening up about his arrest earlier this year. The Hootie & the Blowfish founder was arrested in Tennessee in April on drug abuse charges.

“That shocked me,” Rucker said. People in an interview. “My friends that were in the police department would say, ‘Did you piss anybody off here? Because it’s crazy that they’re doing this a year later.’ But I think somebody wanted to make an example of me, and they did.”

Rucker added, “I'm taking care of this case with my lawyers. And paying the price, and we'll move on with our lives. It's too bad. Seventy-five years, never seen the inside of a police car or jail, and I got arrested for this.”

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The singer was previously stopped for expired tags in February 2023. During an encounter with officers, they found marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in his car (marijuana is not legal for recreational use in Tennessee). He was released without charges, but a warrant was issued for his arrest in December 2023.

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Rucker is working on a new memoir, which will address his past problems with substance abuse, about which he says, “I hope my journey pleasantly surprises people and makes them say, 'Wow.' A lot of people don't know a lot about me. They know my music and my work, but they don't know how you get there.”

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