Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian "Slim" Nash was arrested late Thursday night downtown on a charge of alcohol intoxication in a public place.

According to an arrest citation, Nash, 49, appeared "extremely intoxicated" to a Warren County Sheriff's Office deputy working a special detail at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green, where a concert was being held.

The deputy followed Nash outside the building as he walked to his vehicle, saw Nash get into the vehicle and start the engine.

The deputy made contact with Nash before he left the parking lot.

Nash said he was not going anywhere and the deputy asked him to exit his vehicle, according to the arrest citation.

"(Nash) was very unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and smelled of alcoholic beverage," the citation said, adding that Nash had his daughter with him in the vehicle as he attempted to leave the parking lot at East Eighth Avenue.

While walking to the police cruiser, Nash stopped and tried to talk to his daughter, and "passively stood still" as he was commanded to enter the cruiser.

"(Nash) was placed in the vehicle with a minimum amount of force," the citation said. "(Nash) asked multiple times if the cruiser camera was on, to which deputies replied they were not."

The commissioner was arrested at 11:35 p.m. and was booked into Warren County Regional Jail early Friday morning. Nash was released on his own recognizance later Friday morning and is set to appear Wednesday for arraignment in Warren District Court.

Attorney Alan Simpson, representing Nash, said Friday that the commissioner will not contest the charge against him and will plead guilty.

Simpson said Nash was attending the concert at SKyPAC and had consumed alcohol at the event.

"Upon walking out of the event, he walked with his adult daughter to secure his vehicle so that it could be left overnight," Simpson said in a text message. "Just as he was contacting Uber, for a ride home, he was approached by law enforcement and arrested."

Nash was arrested in 2013 on suspicion of driving under the influence, at a time when he was not on the city commission.

The case remained active in Warren District Court after he was elected, and it was resolved in 2017 with a dismissal of the DUI charge and a guilty plea to a count of improper turning, for which Nash was fined $100.

Nash has served on the city commission in two stints. He first served eight years before losing his seat in 2012, then returned to the commission in 2016 and was re-elected in 2018.

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Enough Already

"Upon walking out of the event, he walked with his adult daughter to secure his vehicle so that it could be left overnight," Simpson said in a text message. "Just as he was contacting Uber, for a ride home, he was approached by law enforcement and arrested."

You don't start your car to secure it for the night. As much experience as Nash has with drunk driving he knew better than to start his engine if he was just going to call an Uber. His daughter should have been behind the wheel if he did not intend to drive, not him. And why all that concern for the whether or not the camera was rolling? Was Slim so drunk he couldn't stand up? I call BS on Simpson.
On the bright side, it was a realistic likeness of our city commissioner in the picture...

victoria

Only Nash and Beasley-Brown were endorsed by the FOP. Impressed the FOP could endorse and arrest the same person. I agree, most people would’ve been charged with DUI.

fj1200a

What a great example of a public servant Bowling Green has. Twice arrested and twice hired a high profile attorney to get him off, This time he was seated in his car with it running and apparently with an adult daughter in the car and the car running and Mr. Simpson spins this takle as he was in the process of calling Uber Yea right we all want to believe you Alan be our head says its all BS coming from you, maybe you might find another client as this guy is a total loser.

Absolutely Positively

Take it easy on Simpson. He wouldn't be able to make a living if not for guys like Nash.

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