Youngsville man faces forgery and DUI charges

A Youngsville man is accused of driving under the influence of controlled substances with children and counterfeit money in the vehicle.

Thomas A. Niles, 29, of Youngsville, faces charges of forgery; trademark counterfeiting; two counts of endangering the welfare of children; two counts of DUI: controlled substance — first offense; four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; and driving while operating privilege suspended or revoked.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, police pulled over the vehicle Niles was driving on Aug. 6, at Route 27 and Davey Hill Road in Pittsfield.

Police said Niles’ pupils were dilated and not responding to bright light and allegedly exhibited other signs of intoxication.

“Niles (was) having difficulty finding insurance and registration for the vehicle as it was in his left hand the whole time, talkative, restlessness, and having excessive body movements.”

According to the affidavit, police saw suspected drug paraphernalia in plain view after Niles said there was a firearm in the vehicle and gave police permission to retrieve it.

“Niles showed multiple clues of impairment” during field sobriety tests, according to the affidavit.

K-9 Dina was brought to the scene and alerted “to the odor of narcotics,” according to the affidavit.

“A search of the vehicle was performed and in conclusion, a grey bag was found in the dash area under the radio,” police said.

The bag contained drug paraphernalia, a counterfeit $100 bill, cash, and a plastic baggie containing what police believed to be methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Niles was taken to Warren General Hospital for a blood draw, according to the affidavit, and the blood test came back positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Niles was arraigned Friday, Sept. 18, before District Judge Todd Woodin and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.


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