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Bail set at $600,000 for defendant in high speed chase in Renville, Redwood counties

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 in Renville and Redwood counties on Monday afternoon. Brian Noel Hester, 46, of Redwood Falls, ...

 

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 in Renville and Redwood counties on Monday afternoon.

Brian Noel Hester, 46, of Redwood Falls, was arraigned in Renville County district court in Olivia Wednesday morning on two counts of attempted, first degree 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.

Prosecuting Attorney 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 was on probation in Redwood County for a prior fleeing a police officer conviction at the time of his arrest. The prosecuting attorney told the court that Hester has a history of warrant arrests and multiple probation violations.

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

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. He was apprehended Monday in Redwood Falls when a State Patrol trooper executed a maneuver to stop his pickup truck following a chase that began near Franklin and went through the City of Morton at speeds of 65 to 70 miles per hour, according to the complaint.

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