Bigelow pleads no contest to allowing teen to drive car

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Former Lee County commissioner Brian Bigelow makes his first appearance via a web camera in the courtroom of Lee County Judge Leigh Frizzell Hayes, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Fort Myers. Bigelow was arrested early Friday morning and charged with felony charge of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug equipment and loitering.

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David Albers/Staff Former Lee County commissioner Brian Bigelow makes his first appearance via a web camera in the courtroom of Lee County Judge Leigh Frizzell Hayes, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Fort Myers. Bigelow was arrested early Friday morning and charged with felony charge of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug equipment and loitering.

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Former Lee County Commissioner Brian Bigelow pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of allowing an unauthorized minor to drive his car, NBC-2 reported.

He will have to pay a $300 fine.

In November, Fort Myers police spotted Bigelow at a known drug house, according to arrest reports. An unlicensed teenager driving Bigelow’s rental car was arrested on cocaine and marijuana possession charges.

Bigelow, who was in the passenger seat, was cited for allowing the unlicensed driver behind the wheel. The teen told officers that Bigelow used cocaine on a regular basis.

Bigelow was arrested in January after police reported finding him in possession of 11 small bags of cocaine. He is due back in court in the coming weeks on the cocaine charges, NBC-2 reported.

Last month, a judge sent Bigelow to a treatment center. He told the TV station Wednesday he is feeling better.

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