A man from Bridgewater accused of driving under the influence and colliding with nearly half a dozen cars along Virginia Avenue in September recently pleaded guilty in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

In a plea agreement on December 22, 27-year-old Nathon Kight pleaded guilty to felony charges of driving under the influence as a fourth offense and hit-and-run.

Kight was sentenced by Rockingham County Circuit Court Judge James Lane to 10 years in prison, with seven years and five months suspended. The charge carried a mandatory minimum sentence of one year.

As part of the plea agreement, misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license was dropped.

According to court records, Kight had been convicted of two DUIs in 2000 and one in 2006.

In October 2007, Kight was found not guilty by reason of insanity on three felony charges for grand larceny and breaking and entering. That resulted in his committal to Western State Hospital, from which he was released in February.

According to court testimony, Kight has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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