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Lempkie facing multiple charges

July 12, 2010
Antonio Acosta
A 32-year-old Delavan man involved in a high-speed chase with Faribault County authorities made his first court appearance in Martin County on Tuesday.

County Attorney Brian Roverud asked Judge Robert Walker to set bail for Bryan Douglas Lempkie at a $100,000 bond without conditions or a $50,000 bond with conditions.

Court papers say Lempkie set his house in Delavan on fire before taking law officers on a 35-mile chase in his semi with speeds reaching nearly 95 mph.

“The defendant allegedly led authorities in a high-speed chase into cities in Iowa. There is a substantial concern for the safety of the community,” Roverud told Walker in requesting the bail amounts.

The county attorney also requested that Lempkie have no contact with his former girlfriend or five children in her custody.

Walker set bail at $100,000 without conditions and $40,000 with conditions or $40,000 cash.

In addition, Lempkie was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victims; abstain from use of alcohol or mood-altering substances; not leave the state; and stay in contact with his attorney, Bill Grogin.

In addition, Walker issued a domestic abuse no contact order.

Lempkie has been charged with first-degree arson, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $20,000 fine.

He also faces terroristic threats; fleeing a peace officer; third-degree DWI; speeding; and reckless driving charges.

Terroristic threats has a maximum sentence of five years and a $10,000 fine, while fleeing an officer is punishable by not more than three years and one day plus a $5,000 fine.

The DWI charges carries a maximum penalty of one year and a $3,000 fine, while speeding and reckless driving each have a penalty of 90 days and a $1,000 fine.

The complaint says Lempkie was spotted westbound on County Road 16 traveling at a high rate of speed and refused to stop when a deputy activated emergency lights.

The pursuit went through Blue Earth on Highway 169 and through Elmore, before Lempkie turned east onto Highway 9 in Iowa.

During the chase, Lempkie allegedly told authorities he had a loaded weapon and was just waiting for the right spot.

The complaint says Lempkie told authorities he was going to kill himself or go to Kansas to take out his former girlfriend. He admitted to taking medications and some blue pills.

Lempkie surrendered to authorities without incident at the intersection of Faribault County Road 113 and 30th Street.

He was taken to United Hospital in Blue Earth and later transferred to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

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