Car Chase Court Appearance 06 Dec 12

A Redwood Falls man accused of leading authorities on a high-speed car chase for nearly 40 miles made his first appearance in court Wednesday. Authorities are saying that 46-year-old Brian Noel Hester tried to kill an Olivia police officer and a Redwood County Deputy with his pickup truck during the chase Monday afternoon, which began just north of Franklin and ended west of Redwood Falls. The Renville County Deputy that initially attempted to stop Hester’s truck knew he did not have a license due to previous drunk driving incidents, but Hester failed to stop and a chase that lasted 38 miles and reached speeds of 70 miles-per-hour ensued. At one point Hester reportedly drove into a field, and when an Olivia police officer used his squad car to try and block him, Hester allegedly rammed the car head-on. Later in the chase he also reportedly drove right at a Redwood County Deputy, forcing him to dive out of the way. Officers then forced him to lose control of his truck and Hester was placed under arrest. He already has a lengthy criminal history from over the past 10 years, and is now facing new charges of Attempted 1st-Degree Murder of a Peace Officer, two counts of 2nd-Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Fleeing Police, DWI and Driving After Cancellation.