POLK COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced a man on convictions which stemmed from an incident in April 2020 when he struck squad cars and crashed two vehicles during a lengthy pursuit before being apprehended.
DrydenWire.com previously published a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office which stated that Diers-Leske had been arrested. The press release stated that on April 27, 2020, when Officers attempted to take Diers-Leske into custody for a probation warrant, Diers-Leske fled the scene in his vehicle, striking and injuring a Deputy while doing so.
Law Enforcement engaged in a pursuit of Diers-Leske which traveled into Minnesota and then back into Polk County. Diers-Leske eluded Officers for a period of time but was then located again. During the remainder of the pursuit, Diers-Leske nearly struck a pedestrian; struck a squad car; crashed his own vehicle into a swamp; stole another vehicle and continued to flee Officers; struck another squad car; crashed the stolen vehicle into trees, and then fled on foot into the woods. Diers-Leske was ultimately taken into custody with the assistance of K9 Jaeger.
Assisting the Polk County Sheriff’s Office with the apprehension was St. Croix Falls Police, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Luck Police Department, Frederic Police Department, Barron County Sheriff’s Office, Turtle Lake Police Department, Burnett County Sheriff’s Department, WI DNR, WI State Patrol, St. Croix Tribal Police Department, and the MN State Patrol.
Online circuit court records show that Diers-Leske was charged with two counts of Class H Felony Battery or Threat to Judge, Prosecutor, or Law Enforcement Officer; Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer; two counts of Class F Felony 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety; Class G Felony 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety; Resist Officer - Substantial Bodily Harm/Soft Tissue Injury; Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property (Over $2500); Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Class H Felony Escape-Criminal Arrest; Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property; Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer; and Misdemeanor Cause Injury/Operate While Under Influence.
Diers-Leske remained in the custody of Law Enforcement on a $50,000 cash bond ordered at a bail hearing that was held on April 28, 2020, following his arrest.
At a hearing on November 10, 2020, the Court sentenced Diers-Leske on convictions for two counts of Class H Felony Battery or Threat to Judge, Prosecutor, or Law Enforcement Officer, and one count of Class F Felony 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. The remainder of his charges were dismissed but read in at a hearing in August 2020.
The Court has ordered Diers-Leske to serve consecutive sentences on his three convictions, for a total of 24 years and 6 months; with 13 years and 6 months of initial confinement in state prison.
Also See: Polk County Weekly Jail Bookings Report
For his conviction of Class F Felony 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, the Court ordered a 12 year and 6-month sentence for Diers-Leske; 7 years and 6 months of initial confinement in state prison to be followed by 5 years of extended supervision.
For each conviction of Class H Felony Battery or Threat to Judge, Prosecutor, or Law Enforcement Officer Diers-Leske will serve a 6-year sentence; 3 years of initial confinement followed by 3 years of extended supervision.
Diers-Leske has also been ordered to undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment; Mental Health evaluation; and pay restitution, costs, and surcharges totaling over $8,000, according to online circuit court records.