Hester Charged with Attempted Murder 06 Dec 12

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.

The West Central Tribune reports 46-year-old Brian Noel Hester 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.

Hester is currently on probation in Redwood County for a prior conviction of fleeing a police officer.

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.