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Bowling Green City Commissioner Pleads Guilty to Public Intoxication

City of Bowling Green

A Bowling Green city commissioner has admitted to being intoxicated while in public.  Slim Nash was arraigned on Tuesday in Warren District Court.

Commissioner Nash entered a guilty plea to a charge of public intoxication-first offense, which is not even a misdemeanor in Kentucky.  He was given a $25 fine plus court costs. 

Nash was arrested in a downtown parking lot last week after leaving a concert at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.  His attorney Alan Simpson says Nash didn’t dispute that he had been drinking.

“As a public figure, there’s so much rancor out there in the public," Simpson told WKU Public Radio. "As opposed to dwelling and letting this thing go on and on, he wanted to accept responsibility for that.”

The arrest citation says a sheriff’s deputy noticed Nash who appeared to be “extremely intoxicated.”  Although Nash got into his car and started the engine, Simpson says he wasn’t planning to go anywhere and was about to call for an Uber ride when the deputy approached him. 

Commissioner Nash had a 2013 DUI charge against him dismissed. 


Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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