City commissioner accused of being drunk in public

Attorney says Nash will enter guilty plea

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash late Thursday night on a charge of alcohol intoxication in a public place.

A deputy saw Nash, 49, exit the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, walk to his car and start the engine, according to his arrest citation. His daughter was in the car with him.

The deputy was working a special detail at the performing arts center and saw Nash who “appeared extremely intoxicated,” according to the citation.

Before Nash was able to leave the parking lot, the deputy made contact with Nash who said he wasn’t going anywhere, according to the citation.

The deputy wrote in his citation that Nash was “very unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and smelled of alcoholic beverage.”

The deputy placed Nash under arrest. While walking to a cruiser Nash stopped to talk to his daughter, was given verbal commands to enter the cruiser and stood still, according to the citation. He was then placed in the vehicle with a “minimum amount of force,” the citation reads.

Nash asked multiple times if the cruiser cameras were on, according to the citation.

He was lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail at 12:18 a.m. Friday and released about six hours later on his own recognizance at 6:02 a.m., online jail records show.

WNKY was unable to reach Nash on his cell phone later Friday morning but left a voicemail message.

Nash’s attorney, Alan Simpson, said Nash will not contest the charge in court.

“Brian Slim Nash, like many people in the area, attended a concert last evening at The SkyPAC,” Simpson said in a text message. “Slim, like many in attendance, 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. Just as he was contacting Uber, for a ride home, he was approached by law enforcement and arrested. Mr. Nash will not contest the charges and will enter a plea of guilty to his charge of alcohol intoxication first offense,” Simpson said.

Thursday’s incident is not the first time Nash has been accused of an alcohol-related offense. In 2013, when he was not a city commissioner, he was charged with driving under the influence and improper turning. A judge dismissed the DUI charge in 2017, and Nash pleaded guilty to improper turning for which he paid $143 in fines and costs, according to Warren Circuit Court Clerk records.