The attorney for the city of West Point has been charged with his second DUI in six months.
William Lawrence Nix was charged by West Point police with driving under the influence on Monday.
According to the police report, obtained via an open records request, Nix was seen by a witness backing into another car at the Heart of The South Tea Room at 1111 Second Ave., about 9:10 a.m. There were no injuries. Nix’s office is on Third Avenue and the backyards of the two businesses join.
Nix appeared unsteady when police went to where he was standing on the back porch of his office. He failed a field sobriety test, according to reports.
Police charged Nix and assisted him getting into a patrol car. They found mouthwash and Xanax in his vehicle, an Acura TL. The Xanax had been prescribed to Nix.
Nix was taken to West Georgia Medical Center to be evaluated because Troup County Jail told police they couldn’t take him because he was unable to walk on his own. He was treated and released from the medical center and taken to West Point city jail.
It’s the second misdemeanor DUI for Nix, 57, of Opelika, Ala. Nix was charged with the same offense by Lanett, Ala., officers in April after a traffic stop. Lanett police did not release details of the incident but Nix said afterward that he had been charged.
Nix could not be reached for comment after Monday’s incident.
Nix is the attorney for West Point and Lanett, but was fired by Lanett on Tuesday.
Lanett mayor Oscar Crowley said he sent Nix a letter terminating his services, but not because of the criminal charge.
“He failed to keep up with the terms of his contract,” Crowley said. “We would call, trying to get his services, and couldn’t get in touch with him. He missed several meetings and work sessions.”
Nix had been city attorney in Lanett for about 20 years, the same amount of time he’s been the attorney for West Point.
Mayor Drew Ferguson IV said Thursday that no decision had been made regarding Nix’s employment.
“I’m sure we will discussion at the next work session and be very thoughtful in our consideration,” Ferguson said. The next work session is at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 9.
“We don’t discount the fact that he’s done a great job for us for more than 20 years,” Ferguson said.