BREAKING: Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Arrested and Charged with DUI After Motor Vehicle Crash

Rascal Flatts’ lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney, 45, was charged with driving under the influence early Thursday morning, according to…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 10, 2021


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Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Rascal Flatts’ lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney, 45, was charged with driving under the influence early Thursday morning, according to a WSMV report. 

Rooney reportedly was arrested in Williamson County, Tennessee following a motor vehicle crash around 4 am local time on Thursday, Sept. 9. 

The WSMV report from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office states that Rooney crashed into a tree around the 1200 block of Hillsboro Road.

He was booked and bonded out on Thursday, with a bond set at $2,500. 

At this time, it remains unknown if Rooney, or anyone else, sustained any injuries. 

Country Now has reached out to Rooney’s team for a statement. 

Joe Don Rooney is one third of country supergroup Rascal Flatts. Founded in 2000, the trio is one of the most successful country groups of all time with 17 No.1 singles and more than 23.4 million albums sold. Rascal Flatts has earned more than 40 trophies from ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more, cementing the band as the most-awarded country group of the past decade. 

Rooney is married to Tiffany Fallon. Joe Don and Tiffany have been married since 2006 and have three children together. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.