Founder of Why Louisville, Lebowski Fest arrested Saturday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The man behind Why Louisville, Lebowski Fest and Funtown Mountain has been arrested.


Will Russell, 39, was booked into Metro Corrections Saturday night on charges of possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and menacing.

According to the official arrest report, Russell was arrested at the Executive Strike and Spare Family Fun Center, located at 911 Phillips Lane, which is where this year's Lebowski Fest was taking place.

Authorities say police responded to the scene and found Russell "not acting normal," according to the official police report.

Police say Russell was found smoking marijuana in the parking lot of the center along with a co-defendant. Officials say a search revealed that Russell was in possession of additional marijuana.

PDF | Russell's arrest report from Saturday night

As officers were wrapping up their investigation, police say Russell took a "bladed stance," and advanced towards officers in an aggressive manner.

Official police records say that as officers tried to arrest Russell, he "actively resisted officers."

Authorities say once Russell was placed under arrest, he apologized for "acting like a savage."

Court officials say Russell has been released on his own recognizance and he is expected in court on Wednesday.

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