Former Southern Kentucky Police Officer Pleads Guilty

A former Southern Kentucky police officer accused of being on drugs last year when his cruiser crashed into a van has changed his plea just as his trial was set to start.

The plea deal could keep him out of prison.

29-year-old Brad Nighbert entered a guilty plea in a Whitley County courtroom this morning.

Nighbert resigned as a Williamsburg Police Officer after police said he had drugs in his system when his patrol car slammed into this minivan last April.

Nighbert was also arrested back in May when police searched his car, and found a gun, hundreds of dollars in oxycontin pills, and a fake dictionary.

Under the terms, he pled guilty to wanton endangerment. Other charges will be dropped, and the recommended sentence is to be probated, meaning he won't face prison time if he stays out of trouble.

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  • by Barry Location: Pineville on Nov 22, 2007 at 03:52 PM
    This plea is consistent with anybody's first offense. That can easily be proven, just go sit in any circuit court, or review case records. But the second offense could be a different story.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Nov 20, 2007 at 04:37 AM
    He had a plea deal and his plea deal was "Do you know who my Daddy is?" Nuff said.
  • by Bill on Nov 20, 2007 at 04:25 AM
    think! How many folks have gone to prison in Ky. Because they were not liked,or were not a memeber of the click.How mant times people have been jailed for nothing,because some cop threw down a bag of pot,or snort into the back seat of a car they have stopped.As pay back for not vote-ing right{democratic}.=I bet at least 25% of the folks in jail are there,because they didn't toe the line,of the local boss hogg.I said many time the police, or deputys are more dangerous, then the crooks to the communion man.Most are untrained and are there, because of a large fam. of votes or dem. flunkies.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2007 at 10:45 PM
    come on u all hes a cop give him milk and cookies.all he was doing was dealing in drugs. dont be so hard on this jerk. im sure they will let the ones they have in jail out to the ones that got caught with drugs. what a sick joke. others go to jail cops on drugs get a hand shake and tell him hes give him a big hug why u doing it and a pay rais. sick world..
  • by Billy Location: KY on Nov 19, 2007 at 02:52 PM
    I have had dealings with the guy. His level of morality was so low, I knew it was only a matter of time before he ended up in prison. Then it happens, and he ends up avoiding prison when everyone else that have done the same thing are rotting in a jail cell now. Go figure?!? And they say the good ol' boys system in KY is gone. BS!!! It's alive and well.
  • by crystal Location: b'ville,Ky on Nov 19, 2007 at 08:13 AM
    This is why KENTUCKY gets laughed at and people think that we as a state are nonething but hillbillies. Come on people, and you wonder why drugs are such a problem in this state. Here is a perfect example. The Courts only go after who they want to. This is such BS !!!! It's sad to say that it's all who you know that can get you out of trouble.
  • by fed up Location: east ky on Nov 19, 2007 at 05:46 AM
    Ahhh, Ky politics at its finest. Ive seen it happen in small eastern ky communites several times. Just another example of a under trained underserving person serving in an offical capacity because of political connection. Not like we havent seen that befor.
  • by John Location: Frankfort on Nov 19, 2007 at 01:54 AM
    Hmmm...wonder why he will never see the prison walls?? He should be jailed as any other person would be. A normal citizen would go to jail for this as well as a lot of other police officers that did not have a parent with political connections. Bunch of BS if you ask me!!
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Nov 18, 2007 at 08:41 PM
    I hope this guy has to at least pay for the public property that he destroyed (the police cruiser that he wrecked) and as for his staying out of prison for staying out of trouble, anyone that carries a fake dictionary is bound to get "hung by the tongue" sooner or later.
  • by lisa Location: london ky on Nov 18, 2007 at 08:13 PM
    if i was stopped by the po-po and they found lots of cash and hundreds of oxycontin pills in my possesion ...exactly what do you good people think would happen ? i would go directly to jail for a long long time ....even if i promised i would be good from now on the officer did .his charges were dropped but it would be a cold day in blazes before any average citizen would have the same treatment .what a freakin' crock of b.s.
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