A man convicted in a string of Ellis County auto shop burglaries and arsons in 2011 had his parole revoked for the third time Friday.
Chad Michael Niles, 35, was arrested in April after a pursuit that led officers of several law enforcement agencies through several Russell County fields. After being taken into custody, officers found a bag allegedly containing methamphatamine in Niles’ pocket and a 9 mm handgun under the driver’s seat. He faces charges in Russell County from that arrest.
In addition, according to court documents filed in April, Niles also tested positive for methamphetamine three times and was a no-show for increased drug testing.
Judge Glen Braun ruled to revoke probation based on those crimes as well Niles showing he was a danger to himself and to the public by leading law enforcement on the high-speed chase. He ordered Niles to prison for 21 months.
Niles’ record in Ellis County goes back to 2004, when he was convicted of criminal damage to property. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to nine felony charges that included residential and non-residential burglary and arson; 17 other charges were dropped in plea bargain.
Those crimes stretched from August of 2010 to May 2011 and included burglary and arson at 2005 General Custer, then the High Plains Independence Inc. Drop In Center; burglary, arson of a pickup and theft of $5,000 in cash at World of Wheels, 426 E. Eighth; and burglary and damage of a 1970 Mustang at Staab Repair, 611 E. 13th, among others.
Niles has had full revocation of probation twice before — in August 2013 for a DUI arrest, being fired from his job, admitting to using meth and curfew violations; and in 2015 for failing to report for drug testing, testing positive and admitting to using meth and for a charge of endangering a child.
Niles faces 11 charges in Russell County related to the April pursuit including possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a firearm, aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, interference with law enforcement, criminal damage to property, felony and misdemeanor reckless driving, speeding, and driving while suspended.