Minnesota man accused of DWI, attempted murder after police pursuit

A Renville County deputy recently ran the license plates on a car registered to a Redwood Falls, Minnesota man. The deputy apparently decided to run the plates after noting that the pickup truck was displaying so-called “Whiskey” plates. There are a variety of circumstances under Minnesota’s DWI laws in which the state can impound the license plates of a vehicle used in a DWI offense.

Generally, the state can impound license plates of an auto used in a repeat DWI offense, and other specified circumstances that include aggravating factors such as driving while impaired with a child under the age of 16 in the car, or having an alcohol level in excess of 0.16 percent or more. A person who is subject to a license plate impoundment order can apply for special plates, which display special characters that are commonly referred to as “Whiskey” plates.

In the recent Renville County incident, the deputy ran the license plates displayed on a red pickup truck and says that he learned that the registered owner had a cancelled driver’s license. This blog has previously discussed driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety offenses, also known as DAC-IPS violations.

The deputy decided to conduct a traffic stop of the pickup truck, believing that the driver was driving after cancellation. Law enforcement claims the man hit the gas and sped away from the deputy, leading to a high speed chase. An Olivia, Minnesota police officer and a Minnesota State trooper apparently joined in the pursuit, according to authorities. Law enforcement claims that the pickup truck struck a police cruiser while attempting to flee from a field in Renville County.

Authorities deployed stop sticks. The pickup truck swerved around the sticks, and ran into a ditch, according to officials. While pulling through the ditch, officers claim that the driver of the pickup aimed his truck at a deputy, who had to jump out of the way of the moving vehicle.

Eventually, a state trooper used a PIT maneuver to stop the pickup truck. The 46-year-old Redwood Falls, Minnesota man was ultimately arrested on a string of charges ranging from DWI to attempted murder charges after the alleged December 3 incident.

Source: Redwood Falls Gazette, “Hester facing attempted murder charges,” Dec. 17, 2012

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