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Bail set at $600K for man who led officers on chase through Renville County, Minn.

OLIVIA — Bail was set at $600,000 unconditional and $300,000 with conditions for the man facing attempted murder charges following a high-speed chase Monday afternoon in Renville and Redwood counties.

Brian Noel Hester, 46, of Redwood Falls, was arraigned Wednesday morning in Renville County District Court in Olivia on two counts of attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, and single counts of fleeing a police officer, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and driving after cancellation.

Prosecutor Glen Jacobsen with the Renville County Attorney’s Office said he told the court that Hester represented a flight risk and danger to public safety when asking for a high bail.

Hester is currently on probation in Redwood County for a prior conviction of fleeing a police officer. Jacobsen said he told the court that Hester has a history of warrant arrests and multiple probation violations.  

Court records show that Hester has a criminal history that includes convictions for assaults, driving while impaired and driving after cancellation.  

In the current case, Hester is charged with leading law officers on a 38-mile, high-speed chase in Renville and Redwood counties.

He allegedly rammed his pickup truck into a squad car while an officer sat in it, as well as pointed it directly at another deputy who had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit, according to the criminal charges.

Hester is currently in custody in the Renville County Jail in Olivia. He was apprehended Monday in Redwood Falls when a State Patrol trooper executed a maneuver to stop Hester’s pickup truck following a chase that began near Franklin and went through the city of Morton at speeds of 65 to 70 mph, according to the complaint.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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