Popular country singer Darius Rucker found himself in legal trouble this week when he was taken into custody by police in Tennessee. The 57-year-old musician was arrested on Thursday in Williamson County and booked on two counts of simple possession/casual exchange of a controlled substance and one count of violating the state’s vehicle registration law.
While authorities did not specify the type of drugs, all three charges Rucker faces are misdemeanors according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. The singer was released on $10,500 bond and is no longer in custody.
Rucker’s attorney stated that the musician is “fully cooperating with authorities” regarding the misdemeanor allegations. It’s unclear what led to his arrest, but reports indicate his vehicle had expired registration tags.
This legal trouble comes just months after Rucker released his latest solo album Carolyn’s Boy in October. The record is his first in six years and contains very personal songs, including its title track dedicated to Rucker’s late mother Carolyn who passed away in 1992.
“She’s been gone for so long, but I still think about her every day,” Rucker told PEOPLE. “She was my biggest champion… I hope I’m making her proud.”
In December, the famous Hootie & the Blowfish frontman was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He gave a speech at the ceremony praising his three kids – Carolyn, Daniella, and Jack.
“Cary, Dani and Jack are my heart, they’re my soul,” Rucker said. “They’re everything to me and everything I do is for them.”
Despite his busy music career, Rucker makes an effort to stay connected with his children even when on tour. He shared that calling them daily and limiting shows to weekends makes parenting on the road more manageable.
While Rucker’s minor drug charges don’t seem overly serious, it’s certainly an unexpected situation for the popular country star. As his attorney stated, the singer is working with authorities and the matter will likely be resolved smoothly. For now, fans continue to enjoy Rucker’s latest music while the musician focuses on his family and getting past this legal hurdle.