WKU basketball player arrested on DUI charge

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University basketball player Marek Nelson, 19, was arrested early Sunday morning after a Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled him over in the Creason Street lot when the deputy noticed Nelson driving without his headlights on.

When a deputy made contact with Nelson he noted in his arrest citation Nelson had glassy eyes and smelled of marijuana, according to his arrest citation.

The deputy also noted small, green pieces of a substance that appeared to be marijuana on Nelson’s shirt, according to the citation. When the deputy pointed out the substance, Nelson brushed it off of his shirt and said he had smoke marijuana within 30 minutes prior to being pulled over, according to the citation.

Nelson submitted to a blood test at a local hospital and was lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail.

He is charged with failure to illuminate headlamps, no registration receipt and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Nelson, of Plano, Texas, is a sophomore and a forward on the team.

“We are aware of the situation and handling internally at this time,” WKU men’s basketball spokesman Zach Greenwell said Sunday in an email.

In the last two months, one player was arrested and another was cited to court in separate incidents.

Joshua Mikael Anderson, 20, a sophomore guard was charged Nov. 1 with second-degree disorderly conduct in the parking lot of the Hilltop Club Apartments after a large crowd gathered and police were called. Everyone dispersed when asked except for Anderson, according to his arrest citation. He pleaded guilty, was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and placed on a 24-month pretrial diversion.

Guard Taveion Hollingsworth, 19, was cited Oct. 29 on a marijuana possession charge after WKU police were called to a drug complaint at 1355 Kentucky Street. A pretrial conference in that case is scheduled for March 28.