Darius Rucker Detained in Tennessee for Suspected Minor Drug Offense, Released on Bond

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The country singer is “fully cooperating with authorities,” confirmed his lawyer.

Darius Rucker was arrested on Thursday in Williamson County, Tennessee, for a minor drug offense.

In response to the incident, Rucker’s attorney stated to PEOPLE, “Darius Rucker is fully cooperating with authorities related to misdemeanor charges.”

The 57-year-old musician faces two counts of simple possession/casual exchange of a controlled substance and one count of violating Tennessee’s vehicle registration law, as confirmed by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to PEOPLE. The specific controlled substance involved was not disclosed by authorities.


Darius Rucker was apprehended by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and charged with three misdemeanors: two counts of simple possession/casual exchange of a controlled substance and one count of violating Tennessee’s vehicle registration law. Following the arrest, the country star posted a $10,500 bond and has been released from custody.

The specific circumstances leading to Rucker’s arrest have not been disclosed. TMZ, which first reported the incident, stated that police allege Rucker had expired tags on his car.


Darius Rucker released his latest album, “Carolyn’s Boy,” in October, marking his first solo album in six years. The album is filled with “very personal songs,” according to Rucker, and is named in honor of his late mother, Carolyn, who passed away in 1992.

Though she has been gone for a long time, Rucker reflects on his mother every day, remembering her as his biggest supporter. “She was my biggest champion… I hope I’m making her proud.”

In December, the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish was bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. During the ceremony, Rucker expressed his deep love for his three children—Carolyn, 28, Daniella, 22, and Jack, 18—whom he mentioned in his speech.

“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.”

Expressing his profound gratitude for being their father, Rucker continued, “As great as all this stuff is, it’s not as cool as being your dad, and I really mean that. I love you guys so much.”


In June 2023, the “Wagon Wheel” singer shared with PEOPLE that he makes an effort to stay connected with his kids, even while on the road.

“With phones and FaceTime came into play, it made it a lot easier,” he explained. “I just try to call every day.”

Rucker, a Charleston native, emphasized the family-friendly nature of his touring schedule, stating, “The way we tour is great. We only tour on the weekend, so it’s three days a week, and the other four days [I’m] pretty much home, so that makes it a lot easier.”