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Metro Police Officer Resigns After DUI Arrest; Captain Retires

Metro Police Officer Resigns After DUI Arrest; Captain Retires

CREATED Jun 17, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Metropolitan Nashville Police officer accused of showing up for work drunk has resigned, while his supervising captain said he will retire.

South Precinct Officer Nathan Silvers submitted his resignation Monday, which will be effective following a 30-day suspension.

The 33-year-old officer was charged with DUI Saturday after allegedly driving his personal vehicle to work while intoxicated. He was also charged with 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.

Police said Silvers reported to work at 10:45 p.m. Friday night for his midnight shift. He was supposed to come in at 10:30 p.m. but reportedly called and said he would be late.

When he arrived, Sergeant Terrence Bradley reportedly noticed the smelled of alcohol and that Silvers' eyes were bloodshot and watery. Bradley disarmed Silvers and relieved him from duty.

Officials said Silvers admitted to drinking six longneck bottles of beer between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday.

Bradley also consulted with Field Supervising Captain Kenny Dyer regarding the incident. They decommissioned Silvers and drove him to his Hendersonville home with the understanding that he was to report to police headquarters Monday morning.

Chief Steve Anderson and the deputy chiefs were not made aware of that decision. Once Chief Anderson learned of the incident early Saturday, both Dyer and Bradley were immediately decommissioned.

Captain Dyer submitted his notice of retirement Monday, which will be effective following a 30-day suspension. Disciplinary action against Bradley was said to be pending.

Silvers graduated from the police academy in April. Dyer, a 26-year Metro Police veteran, had been promoted to captain on March 1.

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