WACO, TX — Nick Miller live streamed himself running from the law and his eventual arrest. The Texas DPS apprehended the Mason resident after a 58-mile vehicle chase northbound on I-35 from Williamson County and Georgetown to McLennan County just south of Waco.
According to DPS Trooper Sgt. Ryan Howard in the Waco sector, the chase began when Miller drove away from a traffic stop with Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies at mile marker 270 on I-35 northbound. The chase traveled 58 miles, almost into Waco, where Miller pulled over onto the inside shoulder and surrendered.
During the chase, Miller was on Facebook live streaming his actions while ranting about a life that isn’t fair. He demanded multiple times that his children — reported to be two boys — be safe. He ranted about his failed relationship with his family and claimed to be a good father.
During the chase, Miller points the phone’s camera lens skyward and shows helicopters joining his pursuit. Shortly thereafter, the Ford F-350 diesel truck he was driving rolled over spikes that deflated his tires eventually. During the live stream, a friend joins his video stream and promises to make sure his boys are okay. Miller also gave out the username and password for his Apple iCloud account and told his friend what number to call to check on his children.
He mused about how he would end the pursuit, asking should he just surrender.
As the world closed in on Miller, he shutdown the original live stream only to come back on a second stream moments later that chronicled how the Texas DPS took him down.
Trooper Howard said the arrest happened at 11:40 a.m. and the F-350 was spiked three times. Howard would not confirm Miller was wanted in connection with the Mason County Courthouse fire that was set Thursday night. However, shortly after Miller’s arrest, Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden confirmed that a suspect was in custody.
Sources in Mason said that several citizens reported Miller had bragged he was going to burn the courthouse down.
The Courthouse burned quickly. The Mason Volunteer Fire Department is 0.2 miles away, almost across the street, and as quickly as firefighters responded, they could not stop the flames fast enough. Speculation is that the courthouse was doused with gasoline before is was set on fire.
“We had lots of help from (area) fire departments, but it burned really fast and hot,” Bearden told the Hill Country Passport. “That makes me wonder what could have caused it.”
The judge said firefighters, who were finishing up competing a fire at a residence nearby, noticed flames in the windows of the second and third floors as well as the roof of the courthouse. Very quickly the structure was completely engulfed in flames, he told KXAN.
The courthouse was not occupied as county offices were moved out in late 2020 for a remodel. Most of the furniture was moved out. However, more permanent and historical furnishings like the judge’s bench were destroyed.
Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden said the State Fire Marshal was investigating the fire.
Rosemond Crown at KWTX in Waco interviewed Howard at the scene of the arrest and provided the video of the DPS press conference. Miller’s videos were screen captured from Miller’s Facebook page when the events were happening