Metro Officer Never Made it to Shotgun Willies….
But At Least He as Able to Take a Leak In Public
Metro Detective Timothy Nicothodes will most likely lose his job with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department next month after pleading no contest in a Montana court to a felony charge of criminal endangerment stemming from a high-speed chase last year.
According to Montana authorities, Nicothodes was going about 98 mph the night of May 26 when his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup crashed into the back of a 2009 Ford Focus on a two-lane roadway in Yellowstone County. Evidence indicated he did not brake, police said.
Both vehicles rolled. Nicothodes, who was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck, was in critical condition at the time. He since has recovered.
According to the report, the detective had a blood-alcohol content between 0.192 percent and 0.219 percent. The legal limit in Montana is 0.08 percent.
Two people in the Focus were diagnosed with soft-tissue damage and had cuts and bruises, but their injuries were non life-threatening, the report said.
Police later contacted the parents of a woman in the Focus who said they knew Nicothodes and had been with him in a bar that night, the report said.
They told police they saw him drinking “significant” amounts of alcohol as they had dinner together, including many shots and mixed drinks.
Nicothodes later asked them whether they would go to the Laurel strip club, Shotgun Willie’s with him, but they declined, police said. One saw him urinating in the parking lot before he left the bar, the report said.
Nicothodes was hired by the Metropolitan Police Department in 1999 and is married to Deputy Chief Kathy O’Connor, chief of staff to Sheriff Douglas Gillespie according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
In 2007, Nicothodes as a patrol officer shot and killed burglary suspect Joseph M. Justin after Justin pointed a gun at the officer’s partner.
Nicithodes was placed on unpaid leave when felony charges were filed against him in Montana. It is expected he will be terminated once his plea is accepted and he is sentenced this summer.
In 2010 taxpayers paid Nicithodes $136,497.35