A man involved in an incident that resulted in shots being fired by a Maysville police officer had his case referred to a Mason County grand jury Wednesday.
Bradley Allan Nichols, 45, is charged with theft by unlawful taking auto, first-degree wanton endangerment, driving on a DUI-suspended license, first-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid in connection with the Nov. 24 incident. He entered a not guilty plea to the charges Monday.
During a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Mason District Court before Judge Jeffrey Schumacher, probably cause was found to forward the case for grand jury consideration, according to court documents.
According to records from Wednesday's hearing, police were dispatched to Walmart Way in reference to a male, identified as Nichols who had allegedly cut off his ankle monitor and had active warrants. Nichols was found in the parking lot, seated on the passenger side of a vehicle. As the officer approached and requested Nichols exit the vehicle, he instead slid into the driver's seat, started the car and ignored the officer, according to the court docket. Nichols then placed the car in drive, jumped the curb and turned down a sidewalk, nearly hitting a pedestrian and a vehicle, court testimony indicated.
The officer fire three shots at Nichol's vehicle's tires, citing "danger presented to the officer's safety."
Nichols later abandoned the vehicle after striking a lawn mower parked in front of C&D Electronics on Tucker Drive. He ran off into a soybean field near St. Patrick Cemetery where he was eventually located and surrendered. Nichols was arrested and taken to the Mason County Detention Center where he remains under a $20,000 cash bond.
Maysville Police Chief Ron Rice said Wednesday that the department's investigation into the incident is still underway but that he expects to have a report back "any day," at which time he will finalize the report before releasing the officer's identity.
Rice said he does not expect to find an procedures were violated during the event.