Brian Noel Hester, 46, of Redwood Falls made his first appearance in Renville County District Court Dec. 5 related to a Dec. 3 incident that involved several law enforcement agencies, a 38-mile chase and his ultimate arrest.
Hester faces seven counts, including two counts of first degree attempted murder involving a law enforcement officer, two counts of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a peace officer, DWI and driving after cancellation.
The events behind the charges, which ended in Red-wood Falls began at approximately 3:25 p.m. Dec. 3 in the area of Renville County 5 just north of TH 19 near Franklin.
A Renville County Sheriff’s deputy observed a red pickup with “Whiskey” plates.
Under current Minnesota DWI laws, if a person receives more than two DWI convictions or license revocations within 10 years, the normal Minnesota driver’s license plates may be revoked and replaced with what are commonly called as whiskey plates.
The officer observing the vehicle then ran the plate and discovered the owner of the vehicle, the defendant, had his license cancelled.
After determining the driver of the vehicle matched the individual whose license had been cancelled, the officer, Dan Fick, activated his lights in an effort to perform a traffic stop.
Instead of stopping, the criminal complaint states the driver accelerated at a high rate of speed.
A pursuit at a high rate of speed ensued with the pickup heading toward Morton.
The complaint states the driver then drove through town at speeds of 65-70 miles per hour and continued to drive at high rates of speed.
The driver headed north out of Morton and then west on County Road 2 driving through a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 2 and TH71.
The report states the driver entered a field having accessed a dirt path, and was followed by the Renville County deputy and a Minne-sota State Patrol Trooper. Another officer from Olivia had blocked the field approach with his vehicle, but when the defendant left he is alleged to have struck the vehicle causing it to move while the officer remained inside.
The driver then headed toward Red-wood County where stop sticks were placed on the roadway by Redwood County sheriff’s deputies.
Rather than drive over the stop sticks, the defendant entered a ditch. Upon leaving thew ditch, the complaint states the defendant “directed and aimed his vehicle directly at one of the sheriff’s deputies who had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit.
The pursuit continued into Redwood Falls, and upon entering the city additional stop sticks were struck causing the tires to go flat. A PIT maneuver conducted by the state trooper stopped the vehicle. The complaint states several law en-forcement officers had to force the defendant to the ground in order for him to be placed under arrest. The report states the defendant displayed bloodshot watery eyes, and an odor of alcohol was detected. Two 12-packs and an open can of beer were observed in the vehicle.
Page 2 of 2 - Hester was taken to the Redwood Area Hospital, and a blood sample was taken. The defendant has several prior convictions, including DWI, domestic assault. terroristic threats and various probation violations.