The charges against Lipscomb employee Alex Ross stemming from a March 10 incident at a Nashville bar have been dropped.
Ross, Lipscomb’s assistant director of athletics operations, was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest in the early morning hours of March 10 at the Tin Roof Bar on Demonbreun Street, according a Metro Nashville Police affidavit obtained by Lumination.
Both charges were dropped by judge Michael Mondelli at the Davidson County Criminal Court Friday.
Lipscomb Vice President of Public Relations Kim Chaudoin did not have an update on Ross’ employment status as of Friday afternoon. He is still listed as an employee on the school’s website.
Following the initial arrest, Chaudoin issued a statement saying that Ross had been placed on leave while the university conducted an internal investigation.
“Alex Ross is Assistant Director of Operations in the athletics department, which means his primary job duties are to provide lawn maintenance for the grounds and fields, facilities maintenance and setting up equipment for games.
“He has been placed on leave pending an investigation. It is our policy for appropriate university officials to conduct an internal investigation and follow through as is consistent with internal policies. As this is an active case, we cannot comment on details of the incident,” Chaudoin said.
According to the police affidavit, Ross was kicked out of the bar but refused to leave after security attempted to escort him out. Metro Nashville police officers also asked Ross to leave the premises, but he continued to refuse.
When officers went to arrest Ross, he refused to give them his hands, and the officers had to forcefully take him into custody. He was then charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication by officer Dakota Vermillion.
“The defendant [Ross] did appear in a public place under the influence…to the degree that there was endangerment to other persons or property…the defendant did [attempt to] unlawfully and intentionally prevent or obstruct his own arrest,” the affidavit read.
Ross was present and working during the ASUN championship game in Allen Arena March 10 after being released from jail. After the news of his arrest surfaced later that week, Ross was placed on leave and has not returned to work.
Before joining Lipscomb’s athletic department as a full-time employee, Ross was a pitcher for the school’s baseball team in 2010 and 2011. He arrived at Lipscomb after transferring from Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.
Photos courtesy of the Metro Police Department/Lipscomb Athletics