Metro officer reportedly goes to work drunk, 3 decommissioned
Jun 15, 2014 04:59 PM
Officer Nathan Silvers, 33, was arrested Saturday afternoon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A Metro police officer and two of his supervisors were decommissioned after he reportedly showed up to work drunk.
Nathan Silvers, 33, was taken into custody on a $2,000 bond Saturday afternoon.
He was charged with driving under the influence for driving his personal vehicle to work while reportedly intoxicated, unlawful gun possession while under the influence of alcohol, and violation of the implied consent law for refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test.
According to a press release, Silvers went to the South Precinct at 10:45 p.m. Friday night for his Midnight shift. He was supposed to come in at 10:30 p.m., but called in to say he would be late.
When he arrived, Sgt. Terrence Bradley noticed that he smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.
Silvers reportedly admitted to consuming six bottles of beer between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. that evening.
Sgt. Bradley disarmed Silvers and then consulted with other personnel, including Field Supervising Captain Kenny Dyer, about the situation.
They decided to decommission Silvers and drive him to his Hendersonville home with the understanding that he would report to police headquarters Monday morning.
Neither Chief Steve Anderson, the deputy chiefs or South Precinct Commander Paul Trickey and his second-in-command were aware that Silvers was not immediately arrested.
After learning about what happened Saturday morning, Chief Anderson ordered the police department’s DUI unit to do an immediate investigation of Silvers. He was later arrested that afternoon.
He also called for the immediate decommissioning of Captain Dyer and Sgt. Bradley, pending a review of their decision making.
“All members of this police department are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that enhances the trust and confidence Nashville’s citizens have in us,” Chief Anderson said. “It goes without saying that supervisors should lead the way. The events of last night are serious and are being treated as such.”
Silvers graduated from the police academy last November. His probationary period ended last month.