A former Lowcountry coroner has been ordered to pay more than $300 in fines and court fees after deciding not to challenge a breach of peace charge against him.
Former Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet pleaded ‘no contest’ to the charge Tuesday. That was a lesser charge than the original misconduct in office count that forced his resignation in February. According to county court records, he was ordered to pay a fine of $100, plus court costs.
The charge stemmed from an August 2015 incident when Nisbet was accused of using a county-owned vehicle to chase down and pull a gun on his neighbor during that neighbor’s confrontation with a repossession worker. In that incident, Nisbet told a responding Summerville Police officer that the neighbor had pulled a gun on the repo worker, which the neighbor denied.
The officer reported smelling alcohol on Nisbet, and an affidavit states the coroner admitted he had been drinking prior to the incident. The police said they found no signs of a weapon in the pickup the neighbor had been driving, but he admitted to having two guns inside his home. He denied pulling a gun on the repo worker.
A civil rights lawsuit is still proceeding against the former coroner.