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WKU Basketball Player Arrested On Drug Charge

Posted at 5:22 AM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 05:22:54-05

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WNKY)– A Western Kentucky University basketball player was arrested early Sunday morning after a deputy with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office noticed the individual driving without his headlights on.

The deputy pulled over 19-year-old Marek Nelson in the Creason Street lot and noted in an arrest citation that Nelson had glassy eyes and smelled of marijuana.

The deputy also noted small, green pieces of a substance that appeared to be marijuana on Nelson’s shirt. 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.

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.