A Redwood Falls man faces several charges including two counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer after a high-speed chase in Renville County Monday afternoon.
Authorities believe 46-year-old Brian Hester tried to kill an Olivia police officer and a Redwood County Deputy with his pickup truck during a high speed chase north of Morton.
At 3:25 p.m. a Renville County Deputy spotted Hester’s truck on County Road 5 east of Morton. The deputy knew Hester did not have a license due to previous drunk driving incidents and tried to stop him.
Hester sped toward Morton, drove through town at speeds of 65 to 70 miles an hour, then headed north, then west on County Road 2. Other officers joined in the pursuit. Hester drove into a field, and Olivia Police Office Jason Krumheuer used his squad car to block the exit, but Hester reportedly squared up his pickup and smashed into Krumheuer’s car head on.
Krumheuer and another officer got out and tried to arrest Hester but he sped off, eventually getting on County Road 1 and turned south, toward Redwood County.
Other officers put stop sticks on the roadway to try and stop Hester, but he drove into a ditch to avoid them, and when he exited the ditch, he reportedly drove right at Redwood County Deputy Justin Schroepfer, forcing him to dive out of the way.
Eventually Hester got onto Highway 19 and was traveling toward Redwood Falls when he drove over a set of stop sticks, flattening his tires but he continued on. At the edge of the city, a State Trooper used a PIT manuever to stop Hester and he was arrested. Police say he appeared to be drunk and beer was found in his truck.
After a stop at the Redwood Falls Hospital, where a blood sample was taken, Hester was arrested and has a court date set for today (Wednesday).
Hester has a lengthy criminal history including assault, domestic assault, fleeing police, two alcohol related offenses in 2008 and earlier this year, and 10 probation violations over the last 10 years.
Due to Monday’s incident he faces two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder of a Peace Officer, two counts of 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Fleeing Police, DWI and Driving After Cancellation-danger to public safety.