‘Teen Mom 2’ Dad Nathan Griffith Gives His Version of Events That Led to His DWI Arrest; Says He Should Have Been Arrested for Public Intoxication Instead

“I was just getting in a brisk evening walk! Is that a crime?”

Nathan Griffith has broken his silence regarding his recent arrest, and the Teen Mom 2 dad is telling a tale that’s different from the one police told on Thursday when they arrested Nate for Driving While Impaired.

In a video interview with TMZ, Nathan– who is Jenelle Evans‘ former fiance and the father of her son Kaiser— explains that the whole caper started when someone reported that he was sleeping in his car, and the fire department was called to investigate. (This coincides with what the police reported at the time of the incident.)

“So supposedly there was a car and disturbance saying a man was sleeping…in his car,” Nathan begins. “So anyway, the fire station shows up and I pretty much told them I didn’t want to deal with them and I said everything was fine.”

“I’m innocent!”

According to Sergeant Mike Ring of the Cary Police Department who spoke to Radar Online after Nathan’s arrest, the fire department realized Nathan wasn’t having a medical issue and didn’t need their services.

“His car was running. The fire department notified us when they realized it wasn’t medical, it was impairment,” the Sergeant told the site. 

Nate did not deny (or confirm) that he had been drinking. He told TMZ that he was on his way to meet friends, so he decided to walk to the meet-up.

“I was going ahead and meeting some friends so, of course, I locked my [car] doors, and I was walking down the street to go meet my friends and [after] about a good four or five minutes [of walking], I get pulled over by a police officer who told me to walk back to my vehicle,” he said. 

Once back at the car, the officer asked Nate if he had been snoozin’ and boozin’ while the car was running.

“They could not get in my vehicle. They asked me if I was sleeping and if the car was being operated and I said, ‘No ma’m.’ At the time it was a female officer who I was talking to,” Nate said. 

Sergeant Ring told Radar that Nathan failed a series of field sobriety tests, and refused to take a breathalyzer test. But Nathan claims that the sobriety tests were unfair.

“They gave me a sobriety test,” he said. “I think they were highly subjective to whether I was passing or failing those sobriety tests.”

“He was impaired,” Sergeant Ring told Radar. “Empty alcohol containers were found in the car. No drugs were found at the scene.”

Nate’s latest mugshot offering…

“So anyways, they arrested me for DUI and I was like, ‘How are you arresting me for DUI if I’m not even behind a vehicle, operating a vehicle…and my vehicle isn’t even turned on?'” Nathan said. “And they said, ‘Well we have witnesses saying you were sleeping behind your wheel with your vehicle turned on.’ And I said, ‘Obviously not, because I can’t even get in my vehicle.’ 

Nathan said that, after he realized he was going to be arrested, he asked the officers if they could cut him some slack and arrest him for public intoxication instead of DUI/DWI, since he wasn’t even in the vehicle at the time of his arrest.

“So I said, ‘The least you can do is arrest me for public intoxication,” he added.

Nathan’s request was not granted and he was arrested for DWI on Thursday. He was later bailed out on a $10,000 bond. 

His ex Jenelle and her current soulmate David Eason have been surprisingly quiet about Nathan’s arrest. In fact, Jenelle’s only comment on it was that she wasn’t commenting. 

Jenelle…trying to keep herself from gloating about Nathan’s arrest…probably…

“I’m not a bitch. I’ve changed,” she wrote on social media the day after Nathan’s arrest. “How about that? No comment.”

Watch Nathan’s full explanation in the video below!

RELATED STORY: ‘Teen Mom 2’ Dad Nathan Griffith Arrested; Hit with Driving While Impaired Charge (Updated!)

(Photos: MTV; Wake County)

34 Comments

  1. This story is confusing as fuck and it’s not helping his case… at all. Dammit, Nathan. We were all rooting for you. Why keep fucking up? At your age it’s not badass, it’s just sad.


  2. This story just has me confused.

    At any rate, if you refuse a breathalyzer where I live, it’s an automatic arrest.


  3. “It was public intoxication” is not exactly a great defense for somebody with a history of problems with alcohol. He shouldn’t be drinking at all.


  4. Sure Nathan. Everyone parks their car in a Harris Teeter grocery store parking lot when they go to meet friends. Makes total sense…NOT!


  5. So he’s saying he left his car running and locked his doors and went for a walk? He’s so confusing. Just own up to the fact you f ed up Nate


  6. Nathan’s explanation really doesn’t make sense. Why get drunk by yourself before meeting friends? And sorry Nathan but leaving emptjy beer cans in your car ( and not in the trunk) didn’t help.


  7. Remember that time him and Jenelle got pulled over for driving home drunk from the bar? And they tried to say that the police were wrong, since they pulled over in their driveway??? Even though the cops were behind them with lights on for a while.
    I forget how that turned out… did he get a dui?


    1. Yeah he did. He was arrested on the front lawn face down in the grass. And when his solicitor watched the arrest she told him he was an asshole. 🙂


  8. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “Trash”. Reason: Failed Bot Test (expired) *]
    NATHAN is not a father, he doesn’t deserve the title, he just as bad as the bitch janelle is. A father protects, provid a safe home, a mother does the same, he clames to be a living dad but all he does is complain, that poor baby deserves someone who can provide a safe place. Janelle is not a mother, just because you spread your legs and have a baby doesn’t make you a mother, it being loving, and being able to protect the child, shes not, you are shouldn’t let ANYONE hurt your kids, she hasn’t done that, she needs all her kids taken, David is a loser too. What an fruit loop


  9. The FD prob showed up, thinking they’d need to narcan him. Once he realized 911 had been called he shut if off and got out. So maybe the cops didn’t see him in it, but I bet the FD did so he’s fucked.

    He could pay an attorney a ton of $ to go to trial but the dmv will still suspend you for refusing the breathalyzer.


  10. If your vehicle is running or if you are in the driver’s seat while impaired, it is DWI territory. Nathan’s obviously missing crucial details from his story, because his version makes no sense. I think I’ll trust the police/FD version. Stop making excuses and grow TF up!


  11. Nathan make all the excuses you can. I don’t believe anything you say. Kaiser is FIVE years old. You know damn well Jenelle has never been a fit mom. You know damn well David abuses Kaiser but you still chose to leave him there. I guess you love yrself more than you’ve ever loved your own kid. F U Nathan.


  12. Why can’t any of these “adults” take responsibility for their actions?? It’s never their fault, it’s always that someone is out to make them look bad or making a big deal out of nothing. I had hoped Nathan had grown up and would step up for his son but he’s just as bad as DeluJenelle and UBT.


  13. Nathan just posted on Twitter he is starting a movement regarding media, law enforcement and the public. THE ONLY THING WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU NATHAN IS GETTING YOUR SON OFF THE LAND. Hold yourself accountable, stop blaming others for you’re actions and SAVE KAISER


    1. Hell, Nathan’s an unfit parent too…Right now Kaiser is doomed. On one side he’s got a physically abusive psycho step father, and on the other hand he’s got an alcoholic idiot father…there’s no win for him, unless one of the grandparents can get custody.


  14. “ I was going ahead and meeting some friends so, of course, I locked my [car] doors,”

    “Obviously not, because I can’t even get in my vehicle.’ “

    Did he lock his keys in the car?


    1. I was wondering the same thing! That’s why I say his version of events sound like total bullshit. Said he walked 4 or 5 minutes before he got “pulled over” and then was forced to walk back to his car which would’ve taken another 4 or 5 minutes, and had to do an “unfair” sobriety test?? If he was sober and had to walk 4 or 5 minutes BACK to his car, he should’ve passed the sobriety test with flying colors. And refusing a breathalyzer?? The cops got it right. He deserved that DWI.


  15. It is clear as day now why him and Jenelle were together in the first place. He is full of complete shit. God bless kaiser


    1. My thought exactly. Sounds to me like he was exercising responsibility and restraint by NOT drinking and driving. The old Nathan wouldn’t have thought twice before boozin’ and cruisin’.


  16. His version of events sound like he can’t properly remember what happened, because I dunno….maybe he was DRUNK. If you’re intoxicated you can get charged with a DUI even if you’re sitting in your front seat, backseat, or simply holding your car keys. He had empty containers in the car and was drunk AF…Call an uber next time asshole. Could’ve killed somebody.


    1. Sounds like a call came in that a man was sleeping in vehicle with car engine on. Fire Dept.arrived, woke Nathan up, so he started walking. Police told Nathan to walk back to his vehicle so they could confirm vehicle was Nathan’s and witness could confirm it was Nathan asleep with car engine on


      1. That sounds way more accurate than the crap he’s trying to get us to believe. At the end of the day if they can prove you were driving drunk or had the intent to drive while you’re drunk, you’re (Rightfully) getting a DUI, not public intoxication.

        I’ve noticed he does dumb things to try to avoid getting arrested… screaming/crying/whaling at Jenelle from the back of a cop car to get her to try and help him LOL, driving into his driveway while he was drunk and fleeing the cops saying they couldn’t arrest him because he was on private property…he is just so stupid. Jenelle chose horrible parents for her kids…the lesser of 4 evils (David, Nathan, Andrew and Jenelle) seems to be Andrew…he just stays away.


          1. and he’s steering clear of Jace because he knows he’s unfit….unlike Jenelle David and Nathan….thats why i say Andrews the lesser of the 4 evils.

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