Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox Is ‘Heartbroken’ Over Joe Don Rooney’s DUI: ‘God Gets Your Attention in Different Ways’

Additional details about Joe Don Rooney’s recent DUI arrest have surfaced. Rooney, 45, who is one part of the award-winning…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 19, 2021


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Additional details about Joe Don Rooney’s recent DUI arrest have surfaced.

Rooney, 45, who is one part of the award-winning trio Rascal Flatts, was charged with driving under the influence early morning on Thursday, September 9, according to a WSMV report.

According to the authorities, Rooney was arrested in Williamson County, Tennessee following a motor vehicle crash around 4 am local time. The WSMV report from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office states that Rooney crashed into a tree around the 1200 block of Hillsboro Road.

At the time, he was booked and bonded out, with a bond set at $2,500.

Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Now, weeks after being charged with driving under the influence, TMZ reported that Rooney blamed the accident that led to his DUI arrest on a deer that crossed the road.

According to an affidavit, obtained by TMZ, police said Rooney told them that he was driving his BMW early in the morning when a deer ran out in front of his car causing him to crash into a tree.

Rooney reportedly told police that he went to a friend’s house for drinks after playing golf and had “one more than I should have.”

After Rooney’s arrest, Gary Levox, a fellow of member of Rascal Flatts, admitted to PEOPLE that he was “heartbroken” and worried about his longtime friend and bandmate.

When the publication asked LeVox if he has spoken to Rooney since his DUI arrest, the “Working On Sunday” singer revealed, “I have not talked to him.”

“And I was heartbroken too. But you know what? I think God gets your attention in different ways,” LeVox added. “I just wish him the best and I hope he gets everything that he needs to get well and take care of whatever issues he’s got going on. There’s power in prayer.”

Rascal Flatts; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Rascal Flatts; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

At the time, Levox also revealed that Rooney abruptly quit the band, ultimately leading to the trio’s demise.

“I’ve never been okay with the way that it ended,” LeVox confessed. “I was never okay with…” the singer added, before pausing to think what to say next. He then revealed, “I wasn’t happy that Joe Don [Rooney] quit.”

LeVox continued to share that Rooney’s departure was unexpected, then the global health crisis shut the world down, which forced everything to be cancelled, including their 2020 farewell tour. The dates for the farewell tour were never rescheduled, and the GRAMMY award-winning trio reportedly called it quits altogether.

“It kind of came out of nowhere,” LeVox continued, referencing Rooney’s exit. “It was like, ‘Let me try to wrap my head around this.’ And then I certainly wasn’t okay with the pandemic, which canceled everything. I hate the way that it ended. I hate that we didn’t get to do this farewell tour. I can’t stand the fact that it just feels there’s no closure with something that we’ve been so blessed with. That will always be in my heart.”

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

Founded in 2000, Rascal Flatts 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.

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.