Former Police Officer Brad Nighbert Arrested Again

Laurel County deputies arrested 29-year Brad Nighbert on several charges while they were at a crime scene for another reason.

The sheriff's department says Nighbert was acting suspiciously. So that's when police say they searched Nighbert's car and found 14,000 thousand dollars in cash in a dictionary with a hidden compartment.

They also reportedly found a pistol and 18-thousand dollars in a fanny pack. Nighbert faces numerous charges including impersonating a police officer.

Deputies say they were investigating a stabbing when Nighbert came to the scene.


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  • by KB Location: KY on Sep 12, 2007 at 08:05 PM
    Well, it seems that Brad is slowly getting out of each of his dilemmas...no indictment returned by the Whitley Co. Grand Jury against him this week....And, he was not required to come back for trial in Sept. because it might be detrimental to his "drug treatment" in Florida...Yeah, right!!! Let's look at what's going on in Williamsburg, and talk about character asassination of those who try to bring about justice..etc...Same old "good ole boy" politics in action. I have no respect for those who continue to be accomplices to drug dealers who cause so much harm to our citizens...It is a major cost to our health care system, legal system, destroys our families, etc...I sincerely hope that Williamburg's "Feels Like Home" motto includes equal justice...If poor children happen to end up in court for drug dealing and other crimes, they better receive the same treatment as Brad. Let justice be applied equally...Does it bother anyone that the rich use the poor as scapegoats???
  • by May be there someday Location: formerly of Williamsburg on Sep 4, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    Brad and his family will be remembered in my prayers. May they find peace and hope. May the legal system find compassion and help Brad help himself. My life is not over yet and I may find a member of my family in this situation. I would hope to have the support of everyone while the healing process takes place. Brad, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
  • by not me Location: williamsburg on Jul 3, 2007 at 07:26 PM
    I was raised in Williamsburg Ky., and I also went to high school there and yes, I did know Brad, he was never mean to me or bullied me, but I do know if he was ever in trouble and I mean EVER, his father was always there to bail him out. Think about it, if this was your child, wouldn't you be there...Now this I can remember, if you look in the 1996 yearbook it has a picture of him as most mischevious, and he is acting like he is being arrested....isn't it funny that now he really is....so sad.
  • by Knew Brad for Life Location: formerly of Williamsburg on Jun 8, 2007 at 02:46 PM
    To "sick": As I said before - thank God no one was killed. If someone had been killed, maybe it would be a different story. But they haven't. Since that tragedy was miraculously avoided, let us focus on the current issues - which are addiction and accountability. Both should be addressed equally. I'm not sure what an "everyday criminal" is. What I am sure of is that addiction and it's aftermath (which is often criminal activity) could happen to any of us and anyone in our families. I do not by any means excuse what he's done...I just hope that when justice is served it includes getting him some much needed help.
  • by Sick Location: Williamsburg on May 24, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    For all you people who are defending Brad Nighbert, shame on you. He's a criminal. Everyday criminal. There is a certain way to protect your child. Enabling criminal activity is wrong. I don't care who you are. What would you be saying if he was in an accident and it killed one of your loved ones? That woman he hit while on drugs has a family. Children and grandchildren. What you people don't realize is he's an everyday criminal. USing drugs, selling drugs. In one year he had a civil lawsuit settled AGAINST him, another one pending and involved in a questionable shootout. Then he wins cop-of-the-year. That was stupid. No one is perfect. But I can tell you this. If I was doing what he's been caught doing, I would be in jail, not out on bond, looking at a long prison sentence. HE does need help. I hope he gets help, but you can't excuse what he's done. He's had that all his life.
  • by knew Brad for Life Location: formerly of Williamsburg on May 24, 2007 at 02:29 PM
    I have known Brad for as long as I can remember. He is ill...addiction is an illness. Anyone who could attribute addiction to lack of will power is the uneducated one (my two cents). He hasn't always been perfect. I'm sorry if he bullied any children - but kids are cruel...I would hate to think that all kids who say/do something mean are going to be stigmatized for life. I doubt that any of us would be immune to that stigma. I am a therapist working in a drug court program in a different state - and so to the individual who noted that drug court is a way for addicts to swap ideas, I say you too are misinformed. It is a wonderful program - it is not perfect - but it helps so many people. I see it every single day. Maybe Brad's family tried too hard to protect him, and in the process, enabled his behavior. I know that family, and I know that they are no longer doing this. I don't think anyone can blame them for protecting their son...we all protect our own. It is hard to admit when your child has a problem. But I believe they have admitted this, and are committed to helping him recover. I agree that he should be held accountable...but I believe this should include some sort of option for treatment. Thank God no one has been killed, including Brad. I do not think he will get away with this - but I hope he is not just sent to rot in prison...that is the true breeding ground for criminals...not drug court. Let's find a way to rehabilitate in conjunction with justice being served. And to all you out there who feel you have some right to judge...Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.... I wish luck to the Nighbert family during this very difficult time. I wish luck to Ms. Jackson who was injured in the accident with Brad. And I wish luck to Brad. We should all pray for those impacted by these events.
  • by former Whitley County citizen on May 23, 2007 at 10:47 AM
    I have read all the comments concerning Brad. I knew him when he was still in elementary school where he bullied alot of kids including mine. His dad needs to let him grow up and pay the time for all his crimes. I hope he gets what he has deserved for a long time. He has gotten in so many legal troubles and has got out of them to easy. He should get what has been coming to him for a long time. I hope justice prevails.
  • by Bob Location: Winchester on May 22, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    I hope he tries to impersonate a cop while he's in jail.
  • by Nich Haubeil on May 22, 2007 at 07:20 PM
    I hate to read this and hear this about Brad. I hope the best for him and his family.
  • by My Two Cents Location: Lexington on May 22, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    Note for Anonymous of Kentucky: You say people don't know the real Brad and that is the Brad on drugs. Brad is an adult and nobody twisted his arm to take drugs; that was his decision. So to say that is not the real Brad is not the truth. The REAL Brad apparently has no will power and involved himself in drugs. Sorry, I have no respect for a person like that, especially someone who gets treated with kid gloves every time they get in trouble. Also, what the heck is "pertect?" Brad put himself in the line of fire to "pertect????" Sheesh, it's PROTECT!! I read almost every article on this website and the comments that people post. I have come to this conclusion; the stigma attached to Kentucky as being uneducated is real. The one thing Kentucky has in common with the rest of America is nobody wants to take responsibility for their actions. They either blame their problems on the drugs THEY CHOSE to take or they blame their problems on others. I'm tired of it!

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