Gilbert charged with two misdemeanors following OWI arrest


Nichole R. Gilbert

GREENFIELD — Officials with the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office have filed two charges against Greenfield Police Department officer Nichole R. Gilbert following her arrest for OWI this past weekend.

Gilbert’s case was opened in Hamilton County Superior Court 6 on Wednesday, June 21, court records state.

Gilbert, 45, Fortville, is facing a Class A misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated – endangering a person – and a Class A misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent to .15 or more. Class A misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

Gilbert, who was off work and not driving a company car when the arrest for OWI happened, is on administrative leave until an internal investigation is completed with the GPD. She was scheduled to have her initial hearing in Hamilton County Friday afternoon.

Hamilton County arrest records show Gilbert was arrested by officials from the Fishers Police Department during the early hours of June 18. Officials from the FPD say they arrested Gilbert for OWI after an officer who was patrolling near 96th Street and Olio Road observed a white passenger car with a missing headlight using unsafe lane movement.

“The officer initiated a traffic stop by activating his emergency lights, and the white passenger car pulled over to the side of the road,” Sgt. Thomas Weger, FPD public information officer said. “During the investigation, Fishers police officers developed probable cause to believe the ‘driver’ was operating a vehicle while intoxicated.”

Gilbert is a 1996 Greenfield-Central High School graduate who has been with the GPD since 2009. She worked her way through the ranks after being hired as a field officer. She also served several years with the Cumberland Police Department. Her first job in law enforcement was at the Hancock County Jail.