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Police chase suspect makes court appearance

WORTHINGTON — A Roanoke, Texas, native who was pursued during a Nov. 30 police chase made his initial appearance Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.

Thomas Warborg is facing five felony charges — fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle, use of deadly force against a peace officer, two counts first-degree damage to property and obstructing legal process. He is also facing charges of refusing to submit to a chemical test, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, indecent exposure and fourth-degree damage to property.

Warborg stated during the Tuesday hearing that he was in the process of getting legal counsel after being denied a public defender, and requested 60 days to do so.

The request was denied, and Warborg was ordered to re-apply for a public defender due to a change in his employment.

Warborg has been released after the posting of a $10,000 bond. He is staying with relatives in Jackson County.

He has been released on conditions that he stays in contact with an attorney, uses or possesses no drugs or alcohol or substance use and submits to random testing, He is not allowed to leave the state of Minnesota.

The continuance of this hearing will be later this month.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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